By CONSTANT TROYON (1810-1865)

Troyon, who has been described as the first of the great French Romanticists, was born at Sevres. It was natural that his talent for art should lead him to work in the famous porcelain factory of his native town, and at the tender age of seven he was receiving his first lessons there. As he grew older landscape painting attracted him, and at the age of twenty-three, young in years but not inexperienced in art, he first exhibited at the Salon. He established himself in Paris in 1842, and became associated with a brilliant company of landscape painters, which included Millet, Rousseau, Diaz, Decamps, and other remarkable men. Troyon worthily maintained the reputation of this school by the landscape paintings to which he now devoted himself. Ere long, however, study of the work of Paul Potter gave another turn to his talent. The masterly combination of cattle with landscape exhibited by the Dutch painter inspired Troyon to similar work, and from that time he began to achieve his greatest successes.

The outstanding merit of his compositions is found in his capacity for blending the cattle into the landscape so that one forms, as it were, an essential part of the other. It would be difficult to choose between his work and that of the Dutch artist who inspired him in this respect; though the latter is certainly his superior in what may be termed the " characterisation" of cattle. The work of both artists may be studied and compared at Hertford House, for two of Troyon's pictures and three of Potter's are included in the Wallace Collection.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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Online "Name the Painting"

Constant Troyon
at Wikipedia

Constant Troyon
at Lawrence J. Cantor & Company

"The Approaching Storm"
painting by Troyon at the National Gallery of Art

Constant Troyon
images at Wikimedia Commons

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The Meeting


John Brett
From the Dorsetshire Cliffs

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The River Bank

Joseph Clark
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John Constable
The Hay-Wain

Jean Baptiste Camille
The Fisherman's Hut

Jean Baptiste Camille
A Flood

Leonardo Da Vinci
Monna Lisa

Edouard Detaille
The Dream

Henri Fantin-Latour

Thomas Gainsborough
Queen Charlotte

Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart

Jean Baptiste Greuze
The Head of a Girl

Jean Baptiste Greuze

James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide

Alfred William Hunt
Windsor Castle

Josef Israels
The Shipwrecked Mariner

B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time

Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman

Anton Mauve
Watering Horses

J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier

Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!

Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon

George Morland
The Reckoning

George Morland
The Inside of a Stable

The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin

Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay

Ralph Peacock
The Sisters

Syndics of the
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Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"

Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son

Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness

Dante Gabriel
Day Dreams

John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth

Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence

Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat

Marcus Stone
On the Road from
Waterloo to Paris

Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle

H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"

King Philip IV. of Spain

S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives

Thomas Webster
The Smile

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