Barbizon School: 19th century painting ” Hamlet at a River”, in the manner of Jules Dupré (Nantes 1811-L’Isle-Adam 1889) and Léon-Victor Dupré (Limoges 12816-Paris 1879):
Atmospheric, calm scene of a rural landscape in the summertime, showing a French farm surrounded by large trees at the banks of a calmly floating river, illustrating the peasants’ everyday life: women washing clothes in the river, a peasant woman coming back home with her little child from running errands, a peasant carrying water buckets from the river and a child guarding fowl, pigs and cows.
The calm rural scene, displayed on a horizontal rectangular banner-like format, captivates the beholder with its richness of detail, which becomes more and more evident the longer the beholder looks at the painting with lots of little, anecdote-like scenes to be discovered.
The painting comes with a spectacular large carved and gilt wood neoclassical frame with laurel leaf, pearl and acanthus decoration.
Size of painting: H. 15.35 in. (39 cm) x W. 38.97 in. (99 cm) x D. 1.96 in. (5 cm)
Oil on canvas attached to wooden board, surface professionally cleaned by Berlin expert restorer