barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Pierre Étienne Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867)

Oaks Among Boulders

Barbizon, 1861


Plate: 13.4 x 21 cm; paper: 30 x 40 cm; mount: 40.5 x 55.6 cm 


This etching was made from Rousseau’s painting La Chene de Roches and published in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts.

Rousseau depicts the heart of the forest untouched by human intervention. Rousseau’s desire to represent nature in this print highlights the influence of the Dutch landscapists on his work. As seen in the intricacy of the twisted branches and roots of the trees, the artist sought to find the regional character of the landscape.

Purchased 1960 (No. 60.13)

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