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THEODORE ROUSSEAU (French / 1812-1867)

Étienne Pierre Théodore Rousseau was born in Paris and died in Barbizon, where he lived and worked as a central figure of the Barbizon School which pioneered plein-air painting and paved the way for the Impressionists. Rousseau made his early studies with his cousin, the landcape artist Pau de Saint-Martin, and subsequently under Rémond and Guyon Lethieres. Prefiguring the experience of the Impressionists, Rousseau's freely-worked romantic landscapes were rejected year after year by the classicists who ruled the Salon. In the 1840s, Théodore Rousseau's closest artistic ally was Jules Dupré, and the two artists often worked alongside each other. It was not until 1848 that Rousseau finally had a painting accepted by the Salon. At the Exposition Universelle of 1855, a whole room was set aside for the work of Rousseau and Decamps. In his later years Rousseau enjoyed the success and esteem that had eluded him in his youth. Among the other Barbizon painters, Rousseau was particularly close to Millet.

See also:

CAMILLE JEAN-BAPTISTE COROT
CHARLES-FRANÇOIS DAUBIGNY
HENRI HARPIGNIES

Selected prints by THEODORE ROUSSEAU

Le bûcheron, 1911
Etching
Marais dans les
Landes, 1911
Etching
Une mare - forêt de
Fontainebleau, 1876
Etching

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