Common with Stormy Sunset

Artists of the Barbizon School often used small wood panels like this one when they wanted to work out of doors directly in front of their chosen motif. Easily portable and more sturdy than canvas or paper, the panels allowed the painter to move quickly from one study to another as he recorded changing atmospheric and light conditions.

This picture was known in the 19th century as 'The Sunset'. Often, such oil studies were completed back in the studio where, as here, the artist turned the sketch into a small-scale finished composition.

Key facts

Artist dates
1807 - 1876
Full title
Common with Stormy Sunset
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood, probably mahogany
37.1 x 54.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery