Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867)

Today is Théodore Rousseau's birthday. This leading artist of the Barbizon School was born in Paris on April 15, 1812. In celebration, I'm pleased to share with you our latest online exhibition, Théodore Rousseau (1812—1867). Albert Wolff wrote enthusiastically of Rousseau’s work in 1886:

Rousseau renders with the same mastery, the smile of creation and its terrors, the broad open plain and the mysterious forest, the limpid, sun-bright sky or the heaping of the clouds.... He has understood all, rendered all with equal genius.... He has been by turns as much a poet as Corot, as melancholy as Millet, as awful as Dupré; he is the most complete, for he embraces landscape art absolutely.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is a large, detailed landscaped drawing, Habitations sous des chênes dans les Landes, (after 1844). It exemplifies Rousseau’s mastery of precision and form. Its majestic central tree, with luxuriant foliage, towers over a sunny pasture. The small cottage nestled in the left hand corner serves as a quiet reminder of humankind's humbleness in the face of nature. 
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