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Autumn Evening
Henri-Joseph Harpignies

Throughout his long life, Harpignies painted countless landscapes in the Barbizon style influenced by Corot. By the 1890s pictures such as this one were rather old-fashioned, but it is nevetheless painted with confidence and undiminished technical skill. In relation to the scale of the trees, the shepherdess at the right is minuscule, composed of little more than single dots of red and white paint intended to animate the scene. Harpignies was probably not depicting a specific site here but an imaginary one in which he subtly evokes the fugitive play of light on an autumn evening.

Key facts
Artist Henri-Joseph Harpignies
Artist dates 1819 - 1916
Full title Autumn Evening
Date made 1894
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 116.8 x 160 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Pandeli Ralli, 1928
Inventory number NG6325
Location in Gallery Not on display
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