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Pheasantry in the Forest of Compiègne

Artist
Théodore Rousseau, French, 1812–1867
Date
1833
Material
Oil on canvas
Made in
France, Europe
France, Europe
Depicts
Compiègne, Hauts-de-France, France, Europe
Classification
Paintings
Current Location
On View, Gallery 206
Dimensions
20 7/8 × 25 5/8 in. (53 × 65.1 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy; and Gift of Justina G. Catlin in memory of her husband, Daniel Catlin, by exchange
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
33:2016
NOTES
In this atmospheric moonlight scene, Théodore Rousseau depicted a pheasantry, or pheasant farm. Flecks of yellow paint at the bottom right suggest a pheasant in flight. The silhouetted forms of trees create a flat, surface pattern while depth in the space is created by the detail of a cow drinking from a pond at back left. Rousseau painted this gestural work when he was only 21, demonstrating his early artistic talent. Due to his skill, Rousseau was considered the leading landscape painter of the Barbizon School, an artistic colony southeast of Paris.
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