Jacques-Barthélémy Appian (1818-1898) studied at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon. He receives advice from Corot and Daubigny, and devotes himself entirely to painting from 1853. The Brou Museum, in Bourg en Bresse keeps several of the paintings of this sensitive artist, in love with the effects of mist, landscapes, contrasts of light and colors applied in large strokes.
On this canvas painted at the end of his life, Jacques-Barthélémy Appian testifies to all his mastery of colors and light through the relief of the rocks which are close to the sea in ochre, beige, blue and gray tones. The character of the fisherman brings a human presence to this wild landscape, while two sailboats pass by in the distance, highlighting the horizon.
Jacques-Barthélémy Appian was 52 years old when he painted this canvas from which the sky is almost absent. A peaceful shepherdess has settled in a clearing in the middle of a dense dark wood.
The influence of Charles-François Daubigny is palpable in this artwork, like the canvas he painted in 1877. The same mastery of foliage and shadow-light contrasts that highlight the characters in a bucolic scene, careful composition.
The Royal Monastery of Brou is involved with the public in order to raise their awareness of art, archeology and architecture, visits, workshops and courses for young and old. It offers temporary exhibitions of ancient or contemporary art, participates in May in the cultural and artistic event of Bourg-en-Bresse.
In his art history lectures, Fabrice Roy combines the past with the present, in a poetic and playful evocation of the French 19th century...