EUGÈNE CUVELIER, Landscape with Two Birch Trees, c. 1860s


EUGÈNE CUVELIER (French b. 1837)

Eugène Cuvelier was born to a father who was a merchant, painter and proficient photographer. Cuvelier's early artistic education took place at home and in his village of Arras. His father taught him the technical aspects of photography and the two premier painters of Arras- Constant Dutilleux and Xavier Dourlens took him on painting expeditions where his creative individuality would blossom. Corot, as well as other Barbizon painters such as, Jean-Francois Millet and Theodore Rousseau had a great impact on Eugène Cuvelier. A large amount of his images were made at the Forest of Fontainebleau near Barbizon. This 42,000 acre forest was a haven for Cuvelier and it is here that he created his soft meditative images of landscapes in the style of Barbizon print makers and painters. Working with paper negatives, printed on both albumen and salted papers, he achieved a painterly effect which is truly reminiscent of the Barbizon style.