Ferme du Parc de Courances

Eugène Cuvelier (French, 1837–1900)


Image: 25.6 x 33.4 cm (10 1/16 x 13 1/8 in.) Mount: 56.2 x 70.9 cm (22 1/8 x 27 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, salt print from paper negative, gold toned

Not On View


Europe, Photography



Eugene Cuvelier was an important early photographer who worked in the northern French town of Arras and then in the region of Barbizon and the forest of Fontainebleau. His style was influenced by his Barbizon painter friends, including Camille Corot and Theodore Rousseau, and his work reveals the rich dialogue between French painting and photography in this period. His images express, in theme and variation, the moods of the rural landscape. This monumental view of a barn and clump of trees evokes the moody, forlorn atmosphere of the estate of the Chateau de Courances, which was located about ten miles from Fontainebleau and had been abandoned for some thirty years.


Numbered 296 by the photographer in the negative; titled by an unidentified hand in graphite on mount, l.r.: Ferme du Parc de Courances


John Chandler Bancroft, Middletown, R.I.; to Gustave J.S. White Co., Auctioneers, Newport, R.I., 1989; sold to Mack Lee and William S. Schaeffer, 1989; to unknown collectors; sold at Sotheby's New York, April 13, 2007; purchased at auction by MFA April 13, 2007

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund, William Francis Warden Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Gift of Jessie H. Wilkinson -- Jessie H. Wilkinson Fund, Susan Cornelia Warren Fund, Mary L. Smith Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, Frank M. and Mary T. B. Ferrin Fund, and Alice M. Bartlett Fund