Friday, January 25, 2013


buoux (oil on board, 25cm x 32cm)

This is one of  a series that I am working on, exploring the beautiful rock formations near the village of Buoux.  There is long tradition of painting subjects such as this going back to the beginning of the 19th century and beyond.  Corot and others who were part of the Barbizon school used to go out into the forest at Fontainebleu where there are distinctive rock formations that have an organic feel.  See also, later in the 19th century, Cezanne's painting "Rocks in a Forest".  I also really like Michael Andrews paintings of Ayres Rock.  There is a stillness, and an absence of narrative, that leads to a simple contemplation of form.

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