Description: Henri-Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916), landscape, oil on canvas, signed L/R, 10 1/2″ 16″, gilt frame 20 3/4″ x 26 1/4″.
Provenance: Hamilton, Massachusetts collection.
In the early years of his career from 1853 through 1856, Harpignies, under the influence of Corot and of the Barbizon painter Constant Troyon, experimented with figural compositions, but very quickly he shifted his focus to pure landscapes. Harpignies made his Salon debut in 1853 and continued to exhibit regularly thereafter, winning medals in 1866, 1868, 1869, the Legion d’honneur in 1875, and the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle of 1900.
Museums who own his work: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums; Besançon; Boston, Museum of Fine Arts; Bucarest, Musée Simu; Clamecy; Cleveland Museum of Art; Dieppe; Douai; Grenoble; La-Roche-sur-Yon; Liége; Lille; London, National Gallery, Tate Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Orléans; Paris, Louvre; Pasadena CA, Norton Simon Museum; Rochefort; Rouen; Saint-Petersburg, Hermitage; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Soissons; Tourcoing; Valenciennes; Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art.