Buildings by a Weir in a Mountainous Valley

around 1800, Attributed to Jean-Joseph-Xavier Bidauld

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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In this subtle depiction of rushing water in a mountainous valley, with what are possibly mill buildings tucked behind the trees, the steep, densely wooded hills spill down to the water's edge. The hillsides are painted with small, sometimes feathery brushstrokes, often seeming to delineate every leaf.

There is no agreement on the attribution of this painting. The French painter Bidauld has been suggested because he repeatedly painted fast-moving mountain streams.

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