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    Artist Name:

    Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    French, 1803 – 1860


    Farm Yard




    Oil on canvas


    23 1/2 x 16 1/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs. J. W. Simpson, Craftsbury, Vermont, 42.22

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 204
    Decamps received his early artistic training in Paris, first with Philibert Bouchot and then Abel de Pujol. Later, after traveling through Asia Minor and North Africa, Decamps developed a distinctive practice of rapidly applying thick paint. He never perfected an academic precision of design, and his freedom of paint handling and richness of color, along with his choice of subject, marked him as an early champion of Romanticism. His works show influence from his extensive journey through Asia Minor and North Africa, which inspired his specialization in small scale genre and Oriental scenes. Decamps liked to rework his favorite motifs, such as the farm yard. The intimacy of the space in this painting reveals the artist’s debt to the Dutch painters of the seventeenth century. Baudelaire recognized this when he wrote, “sometimes the splendor and triviality of Rembrandt were Decamps’s keen preoccupation.”

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