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Louis-Adolphe Hervier (1818 - 1879):
The Outskirts of a Village

A651; oil on canvas; 23 x 33 cm.

Signed and dated: A Hervier 1852.

Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith, 1939; WA1940.1.33.

Hervier worked extensively as a landscape painter and printmaker in northern France. The spotted, lively handling of paint and choice of subject in this little painting are marked by the influence of Eugène Isabey with whom Hervier studied. Hervier's manner is, however, crisper than Isabey's. He handled paint and watercolour with an easy virtuosity and attracted notable support from Gautier, Corot and the Goncourt brothers among others, but had little commercial success.

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Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.