Hippolyte Boulenger (1837 - 1874), 1868
oil on canvas,
101 cm x 131 cm
The Mesdag Collection, The Hague
Logging portrays the intensive felling of trees in the woods of Tervuren, near Brussels. Hippolyte Boulenger experimented with his painting technique in this work. He alternated loose, coarse movements of the brush with detailed strokes, thereby lending the painting great dynamism.
Mesdag became acquainted with Boulenger around 1866 when he himself was living in Brussels. He was deeply impressed by this painting, which he promptly bought and hung in his atelier.
Boulenger was one of the first Belgian landscapists to venture into the countryside to paint in the mid-1860s. He gathered a group of painters around him that became known as the School of Tervuren.