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  • View on the Outskirts of Granville

    Artist:
    Rousseau, Théodore. 1812-1876
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    85x165 cm

Rousseau, Théodore. 1812-1876

View on the Outskirts of Granville

France, 1833

The famous landscape painter Théodore Rousseau was the leader of the Barbizon School of artists, which took its name from the village near Paris. This work was shown in the Paris Salon in 1833 and brought the artist fame. Due to its success it was later exhibited at the Exposition Universelle of 1855. One can feel in it a certain influence of John Constable's landscapes shown in the Paris Salon of 1824. Some elements of the composition go back to Constable's picture The Hay-Wain (1821; National Gallery, London). Rousseau worked mainly from studies taken from nature while he stayed in the provincial town of Granville in Normandy. Depicted here are children walking along the road with large baskets in their hands. A peasant has stopped his cart by a pond to let the horses drink. Behind the cottage, in the light area between the trees, we see a broad valley and a strip of the sea on the horizon. Rousseau paid great attention to the rendition of material quality of form, creating vivid depiction of the rocks with moss, the trunks and crowns of the trees, the fern on the hill and the variety of clouds in the impasto manner typical of his style.

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View on the Outskirts of Granville

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oil

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85x165 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1922; transferred from the Kushelevskaya Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts

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ГЭ-3951

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