Sunday, December 22, 2013

Théodore Rousseau (1*)


Sunset in the Auvergne (detail), 1844

Pierre Étienne Théodore Rousseau (April 15, 1812 – December 22, 1867) was a French painter of the Barbizon school.
Rousseau's pictures are always grave in character, with an air of exquisite melancholy. They are well finished when they profess to be completed pictures, but Rousseau spent so much time developing his subjects that his absolutely completed works are comparatively few. He left many canvases with parts of the picture realized in detail and with the remainder somewhat vague; and also a good number of sketches and water-color drawings. His pen work in monochrome on paper is rare. There are a number of good pictures by him in the Louvre, and the Wallace collection contains one of his most important Barbizon pictures. There is also an example in the Ionides collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.