4 July 2000
Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867)
A wooded river landscape
numbered '85' and 'C 295.' (verso)
black chalk, pen and brown ink, watercolour and coloured chalk, watermark J WHATMAN
90 x 155 mm.
The artist's studio stamp (L.2436).
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M. Schulman, Théodore Rousseau 1812-1867, Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Graphique, Paris, 1997, no. 646, illustrated.
Marcel Schulman dates this drawing to 1862, op. cit., p. 305. By restricting his use of line to the tree trunks, Rousseau creates an atmosphere of wind and movement in the foliage. This effective revision of his Barbizon-inspired landscape technique is seen quite seldom in Rousseau's oeuvre.
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