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Picturing France, 1830-1900

explores 19th-century painting in France and the culture it reflects. Organized by region, the site offers a glimpse of the history and cultural life of Paris, Auvergne, Normandy, Provence, and other areas. More than 50 works are examined. (National Gallery of Art)

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Interesting Fact:

From about 1830 to the end of the nineteenth century, a period of enormous political and social change, French landscape painting was transformed. Previously, French artists had rarely painted the French countryside. Romanticism helped focus interest on nature, not simply as a backdrop for historical narrative, but as a subject worthy in and of itself.
Link PDF -- Eugene Boudin, 'Jetty and Wharf at Trouville,' 1863 National Gallery of Art, Washington.  French, 1824.1898 Oil on wood, 13 5.8 x 22 3.4 in. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon 1983.1

Jetty and Wharf at Trouville -- PDF

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