There is a tier of artist just beneath the 'greats' whose work is richly rewarding. They often spend many years creating a body of painting that is thoughtful, quietly intense and well-formed. Armand Guillaumin is one of these. Though not considered a groundbreaker he was not a mere imitator of current trends and styles. He seems to have just got on with producing good work. For a time it appears he mixed within the finest art circles (Cézanne, Pissaro etc.) and when a lottery win secured his financial stability he settled into a rhythm of work noted for its intense colour and impressionist/proto-fauvist approach. Above is one of his works depicting the landscape around Crozant.