Leon Printemps was a precocious talent that studied at the National School of Fine Arts under the tutelage of Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) - a major figure in the French ‘Symbolist movement’. During his time there, he worked alongside some fascinating artists such as Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault.
His work often displays a dreamlike quality, which captures the imagination through a haze of broad brushwork. And this piece is a good example of how he emphasises the general structure and atmosphere of a landscape rather than focus on the minutiae. By doing so, he communicates a mood - perhaps his own.