Adolphe Appian (French, 1818–1898)
Italianate Landscape with a River, 1883
Charcoal on wove paper, 7 3/8 x 10 3/4 in.
Signed and dated lower right: Appian 1883
Gift of DeCourcy E. McIntosh
Views of the French and Italian countryside dominate Adolphe Appian’s oeuvre. He preferred charcoal — an important independent medium by mid-19th century— for its broad tonal ranges in his plein-air studies of nature. Like many of his compositions, Italianate Landscape with a River is dotted with little figures, in the later style of his friend Camille Corot, who never wished “to cut the umbilical cord linking nature and man.”