Théodore Rousseau. The voice of the Forest

Théodore Rousseau. The voice of the Forest

March 5, 2024 July 7, 2024
In spring 2024, the Petit Palais will present a major exhibition devoted to the painter Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867), who made nature his main motif, his world and his refuge. As the leader of the colony of artists who frequented the village of Barbizon and the forest of Fontainebleau, he spent long hours wandering the forest alone, sketching on the spot before producing his final works in his studio.
Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867). The voice of the Forest - Exhibition catalog
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Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867). The voice of the Forest - Exhibition catalog

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From the beginning of the 1830s to the end of the 1860s, Théodore Rousseau, a landscape painter obsessed with trees and the study of light, played a fundamental role in the affirmation of the new French school of landscape: the school of Barbizon.

Théodore Rousseau finds his inspiration in the outdoors and travels through Normandy, Vendée, Auvergne, Berry, the Alps, the Landes, the Pyrenees and the Jura. But his main source of inspiration is very close to Paris: the forest of Fontainebleau. The latter offers him a wide variety of motifs - trees, undergrowth, rocks, clearings - which he observes, solitary, for long hours, making sketches on the motif before creating his final works in his studio. Nature has mystical overtones for him - "I heard the voice of the trees" - and will campaign with Napoleon III so that the forest of Fontainebleau obtains the name of "artistic reserve".

A restless and wild talent, Théodore Rousseau defies the hierarchies that were required in the genre of landscape, blurring the boundaries between painting and drawing, between sketch and finished work.

Exhibition at the Petit Palais from 05 March 2024 to 07 July 2024

192 pages / 150 illustrations

Éditions Paris Musées
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