Oil on panel
24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)
Framed: 36 x 30 inches (91.4 x 76.2 cm)
Signed: Léon Richet 72
Private Collection, USA
Léon Richet was born in Solesmes (Sathe), Normandy in 1847. He was a student of Narcisse Virgle Diaz de La Pena (1807/9-1876), Charles Victor Eugéne Lefébvre (1805-1882) and Louis Jean Boulanger (1806/7-1867). He began exhibiting in the Paris Salons in 1869 and at the Salon of 1885, he was awarded a honorable mention. He was awarded a second place medal in the Salons of 1888 and 1901. He is best known for his verdant landscapes, especially of the Fontainebleau forest. He traveled extensively, and painted the countrysides of Auvergne and Picardie, as well as seascapes in Tréport. He even traveled to Guéret and Belgium.
His works reflect his preoccupation with nature and the effects of light; his profound influence was strongly felt by his fellow members of the Barbizon school. Richet died in Fontainebleau (Seine-et-Marne) on May 26, 1907.
Our painting features a young, beautiful woman with flowing dark hair. Her striking attire consists of a layered white dress and blue robe with a richly detailed brocade of red and gold. Her golden earrings, turban and feathered fan complete her sumptuous outfit. Seen within a dense wooded area, her peaceful countenance and relaxed stance reflect the naturalness of the setting. The bright colors of her outfit contrast the dark green landscape and glitter the forest with a jewel-like brightness.
Leeds Museum, Foret de Fountainbleau
Montreal Museum, Vieux Chenes and Foret de Fountainbleau
Musee de Nice, Paysage
Musee de Reims, Paysage avec marais
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston