Edge of a Wood

Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

In this study, tonality and the dispersal of light are emphasized at the expense of detail. Aligny developed this distinctive approach to painting and drawing from nature in the 1820s, first alongside his companion Camille Corot in Italy and later in the Forest of Fontainebleau in his native France. The view seen here may have been sketched in the park of the château of Mortefontaine near Senlis, northeast of Paris, which Aligny visited in 1850 and 1851.

Edge of a Wood, Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny (French, Chaumes, Nièvre 1798–1871 Lyon), Oil on canvas

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