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Accompanying an exhibition showing at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this catalog explores the influence of the Forest of Fontainebleau on 19th-century French painting and photography from the 1820s to the 1870s. Fontainebleau's proximity to Paris (35 miles southeast) provided easy access for artists who painted landscapes directly from nature. Camille Corot was the first artist to work there; other artists, drawn to its lush woods, rugged rock formations, and rural villages, soon followed. The catalog reflects this diversity in six thematic sections: "Discovery," "Topography," "Trees," "Rocks," "Village Life," and "Nature and Observation." Curator Jones's (French paintings, National Gallery of Art) introductory essay places Fontainebleau in historical, cultural, and artistic context, and the essays that follow deal with other aspects of Fontainebleau's influence on French painting and photography. This work is unique for two reasons: it explores the evolution of French landscape art from Corot to the impressionists, and it includes photography as a crucial part of that evolution. Highly recommended for art history collections.