Autumn Evening

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 dates
1819 - 1916
Full title
Autumn Evening
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
116.8 x 160 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Pandeli Ralli, 1928
Inventory number
Location in Gallery