Rupert Bunny moved to Paris in 1886, the same year as Vincent van Gogh, to join the classes of Jean Paul Laurens. Like most students, he spent the summer months in Brittany painting the northern landscape. Farmhouses, scenes of harvest in the Finistère, the beach, and fishing boats at Etaples offered relaxed moments away from the large, formal subject paintings he contributed to the annual exhibitions of the Old Salon or London's Royal Academy. Many years later, after the Great War, Bunny returned to landscape painting. He worked first at Les Landes, near Suevres, Loir et Cher, where he and his wife had found a cottage much to their liking, and later in favoured places in the south of France.
The subject, style and cooler colours of A French Farmhouse suggest that it belongs to the first year or so at Les Landes.
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