The Barbizon school of painting is seen as a bridge between the academic painting of the first quarter of the nineteenth century and the Impressionists who entered into popularity in the later part of the century. There are figures in the Barbizon school however that made a late entry into the movement, and therefore see influences from both transitional groups. Hippolyte Camille Delpy is such a painter.
Born in 1842, he was a student of the Barbizon Master Charles Daubigny. In fact, Daubigny was a family friend who frequently took the young Delpy on sketching and painting strolls with him. This was such an influence on the child that he was set on painting as his career very early in his life.
His friendship with Daubigny gained him access to many other important figures in the Barbizon school, including Camille Corot, who Delpy would study under for several years.
After he began exhibiting at the Salon in 1869, Delpy began to travel a great deal throughout the French countryside to find landscapes and subjects suitable for his work. It was during such travels that he first met Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne, two of the earliest Impressionists. Their use of intense color and unusual brush work influenced Delpy's work, which soon began to show elements and evidence from both schools of painting. In this way Delpy is a transitional figure, relying on the landscape, natural light and nature for his subject matter, but conveying it in a manner less photo realistic than some members of the Barbizon school would like.
Delpy achieved considerable success as a Salon painter, where from1869 and on he became a regular contributor. Throughout his life his work was exhibited widely, and his paintings can be seen in the collections of many major museums.