DIAZ, Narcisse Virgilio (1809 - 1876)
[image: Fête Champêtre]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 24.0 x 32.4 cm
Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2460
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
This woodland setting, looking out from the trees towards the sunset, is typical of the landscapes Diaz painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau, south-east of Paris. Although a Realist at heart, he was also conscious of satisfying popular tastes. Here, the fountain and fanciful figures follow the eighteenth-century tradition of the fête champêtre (country party).