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A Rocky Landscape
Théodore Rousseau

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 Théodore Rousseau
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 Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
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