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Alexis Jean Fournier was an important American painter whose work was in and of of the mainstream of the late 19th century and early 20th century. His early work carried on in the tradition of the American landscape painters.
Fournier’s period of study and work in France came during the years which saw the end of the Barbizon period and the development of Impressionism. This insight into the two styles allowed him to express his painterly talent and vision within a uniquely American idiom—the romantic landscape. The lush rural areas of the Midwest and Great Lakes region provided the rich, sunlit landscapes which recalled for him the Barbizon region of France.
Alexis Jean Fournier was a working painter. He worked very hard at his easel but again as hard in the exhibition and sales of his work. Fournier kept a lively contact with the American arts and crafts movement, especially through Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft colony.
It is only recently that the renewal of interest in representational art has brought Alexis Jean Fournier, a forgotten master, to a new generation of Americans who recognize him as one of America’s visual poets.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 100 pages