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 Hervier, Louis Adolphe (French painter and printmaker, 1818-1879) , Landscape -  Fool Moon

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Title Landscape - Fool Moon
Collection Paisley Museum and Art Galleries
Artist Hervier, Louis Adolphe (French painter and printmaker, 1818-1879)
Date Earliest possibly 1845
Date Latest possibly 1860
Signed yes
Description Hervier, a painter and a printmaker, was the son of a classical painter who had been trained in the studio of Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). A less successful artist and one of the least known of the Barbizon generation, his works appeared in the Salon on only four occasions: 1849, 1850, 1852 and 1855. This dark landscape with full moon is a rare example of his work, and the inspiration was probably the Fontainebleau Forest, where he settled. The painting has been executed rapidly, and the spontaneity in the brushwork and Hervier's interest in aspects of light and atmosphere suggest that it was executed outdoors. However, it is known that Hervier usually completed his pictures in the studio, and that he often worked from memory. Very few of his works are in public collections, and Hervier's significance in French nineteenth century studies is understated due to the difficulty in locating documentation on his life and career.
Current Accession Number A182
Inscription front ll 'HERVIER'
Subject landscape
Measurements 25.8 x 45.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Richard Edmiston 1932.
Publications Mayes, P. W., Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings Drawings Sculpture in the Collections of Paisley Corporation and Paisley Institute, Paisley, 1948, p. 39.
Notes Back, stencils: A1821'; 26B'
Rights Owner Renfrewshire Council (Paisley Museums and Art Galleries)
Author Dr Georgia Toutziari



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