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Trees

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Trees

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Théodore Rousseau
French, 1812–1867

Date

ca. 1845

Medium

Graphite on white wove paper

Accession #

2007.158

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

In this drawing, the standing trees lean toward the fallen in an almost human manner. Rousseau was deeply concerned about tree cutting in the forests of France and was an early advocate of preservation. He was the most important landscape painter of the Barbizon School—a group of artists whose work focused on the countryside in and around the forest of Fontainebleau (south of Paris). Although Rousseau’s landscapes often include humans or animals, trees usually dominate his compositions.

Credit

Gift of Hildegard and Clyde Ryals