A Life in the Landscape: How Artists Worked in the Forest

Thursday, September 7, 2023, 12 PM
Free with Museum admission

Free for Morgan Members members and students with valid ID. Advance reservations for Morgan Members only. Tickets are available at the Tickets Desk on the day of the lecture. Student tickets are first come/first serve and are limited. 


A Life in the Landscape: How Artists Worked in the Forest 
Elizabeth Eisenberg

In nineteenth century France, a number of artists fled industrialized Paris for the calm refuge of the Fontainebleau forest, setting up an artists’ colony in the nearby town of Barbizon. All were drawn to nature but each from a different set of circumstances. Some artists had large families, others were singularly devoted to their craft, while several of them were involved in the political revolutions brewing in Paris. In this lecture, Elizabeth Eisenberg, Moore Curatorial Fellow, discusses the lives of artists such as Rousseau, Millet, Diaz, and Cuvelier, exploring how they came to work in the forest and how the forest shaped their lives. 

The exhibition Into the Woods: French Drawings and Photographs from the Karen B. Cohen Gift will be open for program attendees before and after the lecture. 

Alfred Briquet
Portrait of Théophile Narcisse Chauvel in the Forest of Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, ca. 1860s
Albumen print
9 1/8 x 11 5/8 inches (231.78 x 295.28 mm)
Gift of Karen B. Cohen

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