This small oil on canvas painting in a giltwood frame is of a stone chapel in a forest. The painting is from 19th century France and is attributed to the workshop of Jean-Victor Bertin.
The chapel depicted in the painting is a multi-story church with a steepled roof. Most of the building is obscured by the surrounding forest, but the front door is visibly open. An arch-shaped transom can also be seen above the doorway with a pathway on the forest floor leading up to the door. The left side of the building has a large Gothic window. The rich dark green, beige and blue color scheme is offset by the giltwood frame, which has delicate floral and foliate motifs. Patches of sunlight break their way through the canopy, illuminating the stonework, grass, and leaves, which compliments the frame.
Jean-Victor Bertin was born in Paris in 1767, the son of a wigmaker. At age 18, Bertin entered the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which was the premier art institution from its founding in 1648 until the French Revolution, when it was abolished. At the age of 26, Bertin began to exhibit his artwork at the Paris Salon, where he took home numerous awards, including gold medal first class in 1808.
CONDITION: Slight warp to frame. Otherwise, good antique condition with minor wear. Small pinprick hole to canvas and small dent to lower left canvas. The giltwood frame has seen touchups.