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Hillside with Rocky Outcrops

Constant Troyon

European Art

Troyon found great critical and commercial success in the 1850s with his images of the pastoral French countryside. A career-long passion for open-air painting compelled Troyon to travel widely throughout France with his paint box. Here, he innovatively employs his palette knife—a tool typically used to mix colors—rather than his brush to lay thick layers of pure pigment on the panel. Moreover, Troyon allows the negative space (the unpainted portions of the panel) to define the contours of the steep hillside.
MEDIUM Oil on panel
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1850
    DIMENSIONS 11 7/8 × 24 3/8 in. (30.2 × 61.9 cm) frame: 20 1/2 × 33 × 3 in. (52.1 × 83.8 × 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "C. TROYON"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Healy Purchase Fund B and gift of Marion Gans Pomeroy, by exchange
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1993, provenance not yet documented; by 1993, acquired by James Mackinnon of London, United Kingdom; January 20, 1994, purchased from James Mackinnon by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CAPTION Constant Troyon (Sèvres, France, 1810–1865, Paris, France). Hillside with Rocky Outcrops, ca. 1850. Oil on panel, 11 7/8 × 24 3/8 in. (30.2 × 61.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B and gift of Marion Gans Pomeroy, by exchange, 1994.5 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.5_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1994.5_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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