The Genre

Around the middle of the nineteenth century, many artists reacted against romanticism. They made works about daily life, shown just as it was, without embellishment. This movement is called “naturalism” or “realism.” The Barbizon School was the name given to a group of painters who lived for a time in the village of Barbizon, near the forest of Fontainebleau, and who loved to paint landscapes and peasants.

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