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Barbizon School

In the mid 19th century, a number of artists gathered in the French village of Barbizon, where they developed a naturalistic style of painting rural life. Under the leadership of Rousseau and Millet, the Barbizon School championed landscape painting, as well as depictions of the peasantry, and were strongly influenced in this by Constable. They were active from the 1830s to the 1870s, and in the later years were connected with the young Impressionists, who went to paint the landscape around Barbizon.