Paál László: Road Through the Forest of Fontainebleau (1876)

Paál László (1846-1879), Road Through the Forest of Fontainebleau (1876), oil on canvas, Source: Hungarian National Gallery

“László Paál (1846-1879)… One of the most famous Hungarian landscape painters of the 19th century. His first master was Pál Böhm. He began his art studies at the Vienna Academy in 1864, his master being Zimmermann. He went on a study trip to the Netherlands, where he studied the works of 17th century masters. At the invitation of his friend, Mihály Munkácsy, he went to Düsseldorf, then moved to France and settled in Barbizon. Following the Barbizon artists, he also painted nature. After his death, his legacy was auctioned off in Paris. His pictures arrived in Hungary in 1902, when he was able to meet his paintings at a collection exhibition for the Hungarian public. His works are in the collection of the Hungarian National Gallery.” …

Kieselbach Gallery and Auction House
Literature: Béla Lázár: László Paál, Bp., 1903;
Zoltán Farkas: László Paál, Bp., 1954.

“Paál was always relaxed by the mystic spell of the forest, which helped him sense the creative will permeating all nature. His longing for light often led him to depict the light phenomena, colour, and tone value changes brought about by the sunrays penetrating the woods. He repeatedly returned to some pleasing detail to paint it at different times of the day, in different light conditions. Though this method, the use of colourful shadows and several other stylistic elements brought him close to the impressionists, he never resigned from projecting his individual feelings into the landscape, saturating it thus with deep emotions.” | Anna Szinyei Merse

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. I visited the forest at Barbizon this spring. It was an amazing place, with huge rock formations.

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    1. How wonderful, Madeline! Thanks for sharing your experience. 🙂

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  2. Love the green and brown tones with added sunlight breaking through.

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  3. Photographing in the woods can be difficult because of hot spots from bright light penetrating through openings in the canopy. Painters have an easier time toning down the hot spots.

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  4. stolzyblog says:

    Beautiful! Good to see such devoted love of nature. “…sense the creative will permeating all of nature.”

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rob. 🙂

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