This picture's rigorous symmetry and perspective are common features of landscapes that Diaz produced in his studio. Yet he was deeply committed to incorporating the details and effects of nature that he observed out of doors into his paintings, and works such as this one bear much in common with those of his fellow Barbizon painters, especially Théodore Rousseau. Diaz's late landscapes are distinctive for their rich pigments and translucent glazes.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): N. Diaz. 67.
Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris (until 1877; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 30, 1877, no. 30, as "Paysage d'automne," for FF 5,050 to Demidoff); Prince Demidoff, Paris (from 1877); Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d. 1917)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mr. & Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection," March 4–?, 1918, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 88 (as "Woodland Pond and Figure").
Detroit Institute of Arts. "Museum Director's Choice," October 1, 1969–?, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Barbizon: French Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century," February 4–May 10, 1992, no catalogue.
Albany. New York State Museum. "French Painters of Nature; The Barbizon School: Landscapes from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 22–August 22, 2004, no catalogue.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, pp. 71–72, ill., note the influence of Rousseau.
Pierre Miquel and Rolande Miquel. "Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint." Narcisse Diaz de la Peña (1807–1876). 2006, vol. 2, pp. 214, 557, no. 1376, ill., call it "Mare en forêt avec fagotière".
Artist: Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña (French, Bordeaux 1808–1876 Menton)Date: 1820–76Medium: Black chalk and pen and brown ink on wove paper (possibly a page from a Salon catalogue: numbered page 6, with cat. nos. 26-34)Accession: 66.189.2On view in:Not on view
Artist: Narcisse-Virgile Diaz de la Peña (French, Bordeaux 1808–1876 Menton)Date: 1820–76Medium: Black chalk on wove paper (probably torn from letterhead printed: Maison/ en chine &/ au japon./ M)Accession: 66.189.6On view in:Not on view