A River in a Meadow

Théodore Rousseau French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 802

This composition is largely comprised of three horizontal bands: empty foreground, screen of trees, and sky. These broad registers are animated by nimble details, such as the complementary curves of the path and the river, or the straight line of figures that begins with the cow at left and leads the eye to the far bank. Light is deployed as a unifying element, a feature of seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painting that Rousseau transposed to a French setting.

A River in a Meadow, Théodore Rousseau (French, Paris 1812–1867 Barbizon), Oil on wood

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