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David Phillips

Paysage pres de Rouen

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About David

Throughout my youth, my father's career in the US Navy kept us moving up and down the East coast. During all of the moving and changes that went with them came opportunities to experience new places, cultures, people, and scenery. Everywhere we went there was art, and I knew that I wanted to be involved in it in some way. During my high school years at Brookland-Cayce, I became acquainted with the Columbia Museum of Art and Dr. Jack Craft, the Director, and his staff. So many of them like Hubbard, "Bart" Buchannan, Jean McWhorter, and David Van Hook were very helpful in teaching us which end of the pencil to put on the paper. My art teacher at Brookland-Cayce, Anne Cherry, was instrumental in my development as an artist. With her guidance, I won a couple of modest awards and did art work for my high school yearbook, the Drama Club, and whenever the school needed an "artist."

Having the opportunity to paint at the CMA for so many years and still continue to work with the artists of About Face, an outreach of the museum which is open to the public and features live models for the study of portrait and figure drawing and painting, is proof that the wonderful relationship which I have enjoyed with the museum is shared by so many artists and the public. The shows, programs, and other opportunities that the CMA offers seem, to me, to be endless. I never cease to be amazed by the quality and care the museum staff puts into each and everything they do. I feel very privileged to be a part of it all.

About the Piece

  • Paul Desiré Trouillebert
  • Paysage pres de Rouen, c. 1870
  • Oil on canvas
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Archie O. Joslin

The Trouillebert comes slightly before our Monet, 1897, in time. While our Trouillebert is not impressionistic per se, the looseness of the brush work and the softness of the palette transition nicely towards that future movement and, I think, appeals to the sensibilities to the members of the public today who enjoy impressionism and the bucolic landscape.

Paul-Désiré Trouillebert was born in Paris in 1829. Although he would be known as an imitator of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875), Trouillebert was an artist of the first order. Best known for his landscapes, Trouillebert also painted portraits, nudes, and even experimented quite successfully with Orientalism.

Trouillebert began his formal training under Auguste-Antoine-Ernest d'Hébert (1817-1908). He made his Salon debut in 1865, exhibiting his portrait,De Mlle A. By the 1869 Salon, his attentions began to move toward landscape. It was at this Salon that he exhibited his first landscape, Au Bois Rossignolet, a lyrical Fontainebleau landscape that earned him rave reviews. This piece was painted near the beginning of Trouillebert's movement toward a focus on landscape.

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