View of the Village: Frédéric Bazille

Frédéric Bazille: View of the Village

A French painter of the Barbizon school, Frédéric Bazille paints in 1868 a view of the village with a girl looking out at us, seated on a ledge that is shrouded by a dark overhanging tree.

Her gaze seems to invite us to look out across the expansive landscape that is in golden sunlight. The village is called Castelnau-le-Lez in the Occitane region of southern France, and the artist clearly revels in the luminous Mediterranean sunlight that is as much the theme as the landscape is.

Frédéric Bazille’s View of the Village is in the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France.

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