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Sébastien Bourdon, Landscape with a Mill, ca. 1653- 1657, Mary B. Jackson Fund

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Sébastien Bourdon

Landscape with a Mill

Sébastien Bourdon
French, 1616-1671
ca. 1653- 1657
Landscape with a Mill
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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