Water Matters Event
The Pond at Optevoz and a Moment in French Realism
Michael Marlais, the James M. Gillespie Professor of Art History at Colby College, is co-curator of the exhibition Valenciennes, Daubigny, and the Origins of French Landscape Painting. He has written articles on American and French 19th-century art and its criticism and is the author of Conservative Echoes in Fin-de Siècle Parisian Art Criticism.
For the opening of The Origins of French Landscape, Professor
Marlais presented a gallery talk that focused attention on several important
paintings in the exhibition in which water is a primary feature. Pointing
out how Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes and Charles-François Daubigny related
to the traditions of French landscape painting, Marlais demonstrated
how Daubigny broke with those traditions, especially with respect to
his use of water in The Water’s Edge Optevoz.
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canvas, ca. 1856