Eugène Lavieille
(1820 - 1889)

Eugene Lavieille was a follower and a longtime friend of Corot.  He was later close friends of Millet (at whose marriage he was a witness), Rousseau and Daubigny.  His landscapes of the Barbizon area, and later the region near Reims, were first accepted at the salon in the mid-1840's, and he went on to receive medals in 1849, 1864, and 1870.  In 1878, when the Barbizon artist were receiving public recognition, and support from the famous dealer Paul Durand-Ruel (best known as the Impressionists' dealer), Lavieille was awarded the cross of the Legion of Honor.  Lavieille's works are in many French museums as well at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Among M. Corot's merits one must not forget the excellence of his teaching, which is sound, luminous and methodical.  Of the numbers of pupils whom he has shaped, sustained or restrained far from the seductions of the times, M. Lavieille in the one who has given me the greatest pleasure.  There is quite a simple landscape of his: a cottage on the skirts of a wood, with a road disappearing into it.  The snow's whiteness makes a pleasant contrast with the conflagration of the evening, which is slowly burning down behind the innumerable mastheads of the leafless forest.  For several years now our landscape-painters have been turning more frequently to the picturesque beauties of the sad season.  But no one, I think, feels this better than M. Lavieille.  Not a few of the effects which he has often realized seem to me, however, to be chosen extracts from the joys of winter.  In the sadness of this landscape, which wears the somberly pink and white livery of the fine days of winter as they draw towards their close, there is an irresistible and elegiac thrill of pleasure which is known to all lovers of solitary walks."

(Charles Baudelaire, "The Salon of 1859," reprinted in Art in Paris, 1845-62 salons and other Exhibitions Reviewed by Charles Baudelaire, trans. By Jonathan Mayne, London, Phaidon Press, 1965, 99. 197-98)