Pelouse was an exceptional French landscape painter. He was not an innovator of new styles but his works are distinguished by exceptional brushwork and a realist manner of interpreting the subtleties of light and tonalities within the landscape.
The Heron demonstrates all that was best in Pelouse's landscapes. Pelouse was a master of dark verdant landscapes set off by pale, light filled skies. He has a particular way of applying paint to the canvas that would define him as a "painter's painter. He painted in the environs of Cernay, Moulin d'Ars, Fountainbeau and Normandy.
Very rarely does one find a figure in Pelouse's views of nature although there are often animals. What is especially intriguing is the positioning of the Heron by the stream, in what is almost the center of the canvas. The painting achieves the feeling one has when happening by chance to spy upon a bird before they take flight from our presence.
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