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The Alexander Yoitng Collection—III. Some Barbizon Pictures

THE COLLECTION OF MR. HisZe Marais, while displaying the same dignity

ALEXANDER YOUNG.__III. of conception, is entirely different in composition.

SOME BARBIZON PICTURES. The fine °Pen skV' bathed in the glorious light of
the sunset, is wonderfully executed.

To fully appreciate the art of Theodore Rousseau The Fisherman—Sunset, by Diaz (p. 194), was

it is necessary to take into consideration the re- obviously inspired by his friend and master Rous-

markable nature of the man. A restless, impulsive seau. A picture very similar in composition to that

being, whose mind seemed filled with great ideas, just mentioned, but lacking its grand and tragic sen-

always striving to unravel the mysteries of nature, timent, it is nevertheless a fine achievement, strong

his finest work strikes a deep-sounding chord, the in colour and broad in treatment. The rich golden

echoes of which linger long in the memory. To light of the fiery sunset is reflected in the pool, its

the forest he usually went for his inspirations, beauty enhanced by the dark clouds and the rich

and he found there, among the massive trees tones of the landscape, with the shapely tree in the

and deep mysterious shadows, the interpreters centre. A yet finer example of this artist's landscape

of his emotions ; and it is by these pictures, work is L'Orage (p. 193), with its subtle half-tones

bearing as they do the impress of truth and and fine atmospheric effect. The heavy grey

deep conviction, that he is best known. A noble clouds rolling over the sky, and the wind-swept moor

example of this phase of his art is seen in the across which a single figure is seen hurrying, are

Foret de Fontainebleau, here reproduced in colour, vigorously and truthfully observed, and the canvas

The grandeur and solemnity of the scene is is without doubt one of the finest of its kind that

rendered with strength and lofty simplicity, while Diaz executed. The Pool in the Wood (p. 194)

Rousseau's intimate knowledge of and affecti' i for and The Road through theWood (p. 198) admirably

the subject is revealed in the masterly treat ent. display the painter's unrivalled skill in depicting


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