TROYON, Constant
(b. 1810, Sèvres, d. 1865, Paris)

The Ford

Oil on canvas, 73 x 106 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Troyon's admiration for seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painters induced him to visit the Netherlands in 1847. He had chosen to specialise in painting animals. His The Ford is a masterpiece in the integration of animals in the landscape. That vein, pursued throughout his career, won him artistic fame and a huge commercial success.