This early study from nature was perhaps painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau in France, possibly at Les Sables de Jaen-du-Paris, a rocky and sandy site within the forest. A gully runs down the middle of the rocky ravine.

Scumbled cream paint gives the impression of sand. The unusual high horizon and steep terrain are typical of Rousseau's work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1812 - 1867
Full title
A Rocky Landscape
Date made
about 1836-40
Medium and support
Oil on millboard
Dimensions
27.9 x 43.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by A.E. Anderson to the Tate Gallery through The Art Fund, 1926; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
NG4170
Location in Gallery