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Sébastien Bourdon

Landscape with a Mill

Sébastien Bourdon French, 1616-1671
Landscape with a Mill, ca. 1653- 1657
Oil on canvas
86 x 105.1 cm (33 7/8 x 41 3/8 inches)
Mary B. Jackson Fund 51.506

  • Bourdon’s body of work included Italian genre themes, religious subjects and portraits, and classical landscapes, executed as commissions won in Rome, Paris, and Stockholm. Rhythmic construction and luminosity characterize Landscape with a Mill, painted after his return to Paris from Stockholm in the early 1650s. Bourdon’s fine draftsmanship animates a succession of shaded and silvery-lit trees that lead the eye through the imagined terrain, alternating with reflective ponds and masses of clouds. The traveler who crouches to drink from a stream is barely noticeable amid the brilliantly ordered passages of foliage, waterfalls, mountains and sky.

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