Sunset near Arbonne

Théodore Rousseau French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 802

Approximately three miles separate the village of Barbizon, where Rousseau settled in 1847, and this site at the edge of Fontainebleau Forest. Romantic artists had long been attracted by Arbonne’s rocky outcroppings, boulders, and strange, twisted trees. This painting, with its heightened color, strong contrasts of hue, and varied textures, is characteristic of forest sunsets painted during the final decade of Rousseau’s career. Throughout the composition the wood panel shows through the paint layer, its warm brown surface serving as a midtone.

#6048. Sunset near Arbonne

Sunset near Arbonne, Théodore Rousseau (French, Paris 1812–1867 Barbizon), Oil on wood

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