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Théodore Rousseau: 'A Rocky Landscape'

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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.

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