19th-Century French School, Barns With Chickens

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An unusual 19th-century oil on wood depicting a small area behind a barn with two chickens, a barrel and a ladder. The buildings feel lost in time and we love the way the artist has given the walls texture by roughing them up a little.

The painting is signed ‘Ault’ in the lower left and could relate to American artist, Charles Henry Ault. Little is known about him but many painters undertook study trips to France during the 19th-century.

Housed in a decorative giltwood frame that’s probably the original.

Medium
Oil on wood
Overall size
11½” x 14½” / 28cm x 37cm
Year of creation
1879
Provenance
France
Condition
Overall very good. There are marks on the left which might be scratches but they could also be intentional to give the wall texture.