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French artists also embraced nature. Between 1830 and 1879 a group of artists sojourned near Fontainebleau forest, close to Paris. Known as the Barbizon School, gathering around Camille Corot, Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, and later Charles-François Daubigny, they painted and sketched from nature through direct observation, in a naturalistic style.

Camille Corot
Clearing in the Forest of Fontainebleau with a Low Wall, ca. 1830–35
Oil on paper on canvas, 32.3 x 44 cm
Kunsthalle Bremen - Der Kunstverein in Bremen.
Purchased 1977 with Funds made available by the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (Municipality)