Near the Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau

Eugène Cuvelier French

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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).

Near the Bodmer Oak, Fontainebleau, Eugène Cuvelier (French, 1837–1900), Albumen silver print from glass negative

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