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Fontainebleau, Barbizon - the relationships between painters and photographers
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With photography being announced in 1839 and the patent for oil paints in tubes being granted to John Goffe Rand in 1841 the artistic worlds were aligned. Many of the early photographers in France were also painters or mingled with the artistic community and the opening of a railway line from Paris to Fontainbleau in 1849 improved access to the mighty oak forests. The woods of Fontainbleau and the nearby villages of Barbizon, Marlotte and Chailly provided the setting for bi-directional visual explorations. The artists who could now use oil paints "en pleine air" more easily learnt visual truths from the photographers but at the same time the photographers learnt how to select the boundaries of an image from the painters.
The photographs selected for this online exhibition examine these connections.
Thanks for all the institutions and individuals who have assisted with this exhibition.
Art Institute of Chicago, Artcurial, Bassenge Photography Auctions, Cleveland Museum of Art, Dietmar Siegert Collection / Sammlung Dietmar Siegert, Google Books, Google Earth, J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Lee Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée d'Orsay, National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Piasa, Private collection, Private collection of Jan Schimmelman, Smithsonian - Archives of American Art, Sotheby's - Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Victoria and Albert Museum.