Dutilleux was the great grandfather of the renown French composer Henri Dutilleux. He studied with the great master of the Barbizon School, Camille Corot, who considered him a confidente and family member. He exhibited his work at the Salon from1834 to 1866, displaying a series of elaborate still life paintings, lush landscapes and intimate interior scenes. He was also a close friend of Delacroix, who gifted his last painting to Dutilleux. But it was Corot who had the most profound influence on his compositions, from its structural form and choice of color palette to its technique. Dutilleux's paintings echo so well Corot that it is often difficult to distinguish the works of one from the other.
The soft light emanating from the cottage, the detailed precision of the foliage and the brilliant transparency of the sky of this bucolic setting reflects the love of the Barbizon School artists for the lush countryside around Paris.
The work is not signed, but comes with a certificate of authenticity from the French Expert of Camille Corot, Martin Dieterle.
French Artist (1807-1865)
Oil on wooden panel
12 x 17 in.
Musee du Louvre, Paris ;
Musees de Montpellier, Amiens, Arras, Tournai, France.
Art Institute of Chicago.
Schurr: Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture: 1820-1920. Editions de l'Amateur, 1996.