Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art


Western Art


With the Barbizon school of painters as a central focus, we collect Western art along the subjects of bucolic landscapes and rural life. Barbizon artists such as Millet, Corot, Rousseau and Dupré all left Paris to relocate in Barbizon village on the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau. Being close to the nature, they fondly and realistically painted landscapes of forests, farm life and animals such as cows and sheep.  Their village life can also be seen in photographs that started to become popular at the time. The subjects in these works relate to the Tokachi area, where the prominent industry is agriculture.