From the Film Maker
Rousseau’s distinct style is always grave in character. This painting, with its vigorous brushwork, explored the natural effects of light and weather on the rugged landscape with an air of exquisite melancholy which is powerfully attractive to me. The brushstrokes, particularly those in monochrome on the cloudy sky, create a strong atmospheric feel. The empty field in the foreground added a more oppressive mood with a very strong sense of loneliness. The human figure in the centre is comparatively small against the proportions of the background; the ambiguous details on the figure are drawn with less attention, but successfully portray the image of gloomy and dark scenery.
A piece inspired by Théodore Rousseau, Sunset in the Auvergne, possibly 1844