The dark and smokey palette of this landscape reflects the influence of the French Barbizon School on Gay's painting style. His masterful use of color, seen here in the rich green palette complimented by pinks and grays, enabled him to capture the beauty of the scene while infusing it with a sense of quiet mystery.
Most notable for a style that married Barbizon with the Hudson River School, Gay enjoyed artistic acclaim and success during his lifetime. As with so many artists of his day, the advent of Modernism eclipsed his artistic contribution. This small painting, in its original frame, is a marvelous example of his work and a wonderful opportunity for a new collector.