Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña

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Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña
A Path Leading Through Rocks and Trees Under a Brooding Sky
ca. 1870
Watercolor, opaque watercolor, pen and brown ink on wove paper
4 1/2 x 6 7/16 inches (115 x 163 mm)
Gift of Karen B. Cohen in Memory of Charles Ryskamp.

Before he fell under the influence of Rousseau and followed him into the forest of Fontainebleau, Diaz decorated porcelain and painted sentimental figures. In Fontainebleau, he shifted his focus to the wild, untouched parts of the forest, recognizing that nature contained a drama of its own. Diazʼs commercial success as a landscape painter allowed him to extend aid to fellow Barbizon artists like Millet and Rousseau.

American art gallery, New York, ca. 1900; Sale, Christie's, New York, 23 October 1996, lot 219; Jill Newhouse, New York; from whom purchased by Karen B. Cohen, 1996.
Associated names: 

Cohen, Karen B., former owner.