Near the Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau
Eugène Cuvelier French
Not on view
Having learned to make photographs from his father at a very young age, Cuvelier devoted himself fulltime to the depiction of nature, particularly at the forest of Fontainebleau, beginning in the 1860s. Ensconced in the artistic milieu of pre-Impressionist plein-air painters near the village of Barbizon, Cuvelier sought out untrodden paths, like this grove of trees and thick underbrush in the old-growth section of the forest. Only the photograph’s title reveals the proximity of the sun-dappled spot to the famous Bodmer Oak, immortalized in Claude Monet’s 1865 painting (MMA 64.210).