The Approaching Storm (1872)
Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña
Oil on wood panel
"As a storm begins to darken the sky, Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña’s variegated, unrefined brushstrokes emphasize the rapidly changing light and atmosphere beyond a group of native oak trees. The locale, the Forest of Fontainebleau, was controversial because of its extensive plantings of Russian pine trees. The Barbizon artists strongly opposed this, viewing it as the destruction of the ancient Gallic character of the land."