Barbizon and Beyond

Photo courtesy Philbrook Museum.
Photo courtesy Philbrook Museum.

In the mid 19th century, the French Barbizon School for painting was part of a larger European movement toward naturalism in art. The term Barbizon School refers to a group of painters who, settled around the French village of Barbizon near the Fontainebleau forest. The most notable representatives of the movement are Camille Corot and Theodore Rousseau. Barbizon artists developed a remarkable naturalism and rejected the academic art’s benchmark, in which they established a new form of realism art. The Barbizon School was an important step in the inception and development of French landscape art. The school produced detailed views of ordinary locations that cause the viewers to appreciate the deeper meaning of the world around them. Beginning Nov. 1, The Philbrook Museum of Art presents the exhibit, Barbizon and Beyond. For information on the exhibit and entry to Philbrook Museum of Art, visit