Oct 1, 2007

Study of a Birch Tree, Barbizon

Study of a Birch Tree, Barbizon


Constant Alexandre Famin

(French, 1827–1888)

Albumen print from wet collodion negative

Image: 25.9 x 18 cm (10 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.93



During his brief career in photography, Famin produced photographic studies of varied motifs, including figures, animals, and elements of landscape, from which young artists learned by copying and seasoned professionals borrowed for their studio compositions. Like an Impressionist painting, this isolated scene of impressive birch trees in the Barbizon forest is animated by a sparkling, dissolving light.

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