Circle of Francois August Ravier (Lyon 1814- Morestel 1895)
Trees at sunset
Oil on paper laid down on canvas
22.5 x 34.5 cm; 8 7/8 x 13 ½ inches
The Lyonnais painter François-Auguste Ravier was greatly admired by his peers, in particular Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898) and Albert Maignan (1845-1908). After several extended visits to Italy, he settled in the Dauphiné in 1849. From that time on, Ravier’s property at Crémieu in the Isère, became a gathering place for many artists, including Camille Corot (1796-1875) and Joseph Trevoux (1830-1909). He executed numerous freely painted oil sketches throughout his career and many of sunsets.
Although his ‘impressions’ were much admired by the critics of Lyon (see Paul Bertnay, ‘Exposition de 1884 – Salon de Peinture’, Le Courrier de Lyon¸ 22 March 1884) he never became part of the Impressionist movement.