An extraordinary Impressionist landscape, painted with loose brushstrokes in rich earth tones. Think impasto creates almost a degree of abstraction. There is a hint of Van Gogh in it, not only in the textures but also in the complexity of of the colours - touches of orange and ultramarine blue.
A lone female figure is carrying a burden, a lilac-coloured bundle, across rolling hills, with a mountain backdrop. Unsigned but certainly French in origin, the painting dates from the last decades of the 19th Century, or the turn of the century. It may well be a study for a larger composition, and was likely painted "en plein air", is unsigned and of wonderful quality. Measuring 24 x 35 cm, it is presented, as I acquired it, in its ornate 1870s antique frame, which however has wear and visible repair. The overall framed size is
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