Born in 1850, Raoul Edmond Marie would become a painter of genre and landscape subjects working during the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the first quarter of the twentieth. He was an artist steeped in the traditions of French academic painting and throughout his career painted with a close attention to details unlike the leanings of many of his contemporaries towards a more looser painting technique. This predilection for traditional ‘salon’ painting can be traced directly back to his youth as a student at the atelier of the great Jean-Leon Gerome. Gerome’s art school in Paris was dedicated to maintaining the ideals of French academic art, very much in opposition to the Impressionist movement. In 1873, Raoul Marie first exhibited at the Paris Salon. These early works consisted of tightly rendered French and other continental genre subjects, depicting people about their daily lives. His last exhibit at the Paris Salon came in 1878 and it appears this was a turning point in Marie’s career. From around 1880 he started concentrating on landscape subjects, abandoning his previous reliance on figurative work. These landscapes, predominantly in oils but occasionally in watercolors, were equally well executed and possess a keen sense of light. This beautiful example dating to 1909, perfectly illustrates his abilities as a paysagiste. The scene is a view of the Étang des Saint-Cucufa, a picturesque lake to the west of Paris.