Shepherds and Their Flock Resting Under a Tree (Primary Title)

Charles Hoguet, German, 1821 - 1870 (Artist)

1868
German
oil on canvas
Unframed: 46 11/16 × 56 3/16 × 1 1/8 in. (118.59 × 142.72 × 2.86 cm)
Framed: 56 7/8 × 66 3/4 × 3 in. (144.46 × 169.55 × 7.62 cm)
2010.106
Nicknamed “The Raphael of Windmills,” Charles Hoguet was born in Berlin to French Huguenot parents. After studying with William Krause, a marine painter, Hoguet moved to Paris, eventually training with the landscape painter Nicolas Bertin. Best known for his dramatic and romantic seascapes and landscapes, Hoguet excelled at presenting nature as wild and ruggedly beautiful. In this idyllic mountain scene of shepherds tending to their flock, an enormous and ancient tree erupts from the center of the composition, providing shelter to the men and animals. Situated next to a country lane, the gnarled and damaged tree has suffered some sort of significant trauma but still endures, much like the crumbling stone wall that borders the road. Pastoral landscapes such as this were geared toward urban consumers and audiences; these rural scenes, in which people live unaffected by modernity, were pleasing to a public coming to grips with an increasingly industrial way of life.
Signed C. Hoguet 68 in lower left corner
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Trippi, Peter. "The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Takes a Fresh Look at 19th-Century Europe." Fine Art Connoisseur, vol. 8 issue 5 (October, 2011): pp. 33-37. Color ill. pp. 36.
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