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Buildings by a Weir in a Mountainous Valley
Probably by Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld

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.

Key facts
Artist Probably by Jean Joseph Xavier Bidauld
Artist dates 1758 - 1846
Full title Buildings by a Weir in a Mountainous Valley
Date made around 1800
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on board
Dimensions 30.5 × 35.2 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L800
Location in Gallery Not on display
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