By the Orleans Railway Line, variant

Antonín Chittussi

Antonín Chittussi - By the Orleans Railway Line, variant
Chittussi always denied any connection with Impressionism and emphasized the significance of the Barbizon School for his work. Nonetheless, in France he became acquainted with the Impressionists and in several paintings he came very close to them, at least in the choice of his motifs. Trains driven by steam engines, symbols of modern times, fascinated him, just as they fascinated Monet, Pissarro and Sisley. In the mid-eighties Chittussi painted several pictures from the same spot along the railway line to Orléans. He depicted the valley with a meadow full of flowers, on the horizon a row of hills and the embankment with a steaming train. This ideal composition stimulated Chittussi to do several variants, in which he changed the staffage, adding pasturing cattle or lowering the horizon with the hills. Chittussi was so interested in landscapes with railways that he returned to this motif after his return to Bohemia. In the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands he painted several pictures of the Jihlavka valley with a train.
measurements: height 32 cm
width 45,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
inventory number: O 5169
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism