THÉODORE ROUSSEAU 1812-1867 Fontainebleau-Barbizon School of France
vJEAN BAPTISTE CAMILLE COROT 1796-1875 Fontainebleau-Barbizon School of France
THREE miles from the landscape-forest which adjoins the Palace of Fontainebleau lies the little village of Barbizon. After 1832 it became the headquarters of a group of painters whose school and studio were the forest. They were the second protest of the nineteenth century against the formalism of academical teaching, and, though the artists varied individually, they were all united in their first-hand study of nature, so that they are distinguished as the Fontainebleau-Barbizon School.
Once before there had been a Fontainebleau School, the term being applied to that group of Italian artists -- among them Leonardo da Vinci, Andrea del Sarto, and Cellini -- whom Francis I invited to decorate his palace. With these men the subject had been the human figure, used with the artificial intention that decoration permits; whereas the group that appeared three hundred years later was concerned with nature, represented naturally. It comprised Rousseau, the acknowledged leader, Jules Dupré, Corot, Diaz, and Daubigny; the sheep and cattle painters, Troyon, Van Marcke, and Jacque; and