A Meadow Bordered by Trees

Artist: Théodore Rousseau (French, Paris 1812–1867 Barbizon)

Date: ca. 1845

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 16 3/8 x 24 3/8 in. (41.6 x 61.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Robert Graham Dun, 1900

Accession Number: 11.45.5


Rousseau undertook frequent sketching expeditions in the French provinces. In 1844, along with fellow landscapist Jules Dupré (1811–1889), he visited the Landes region in the southwest, where he made works distinctive for their penetrating observation and careful execution. This canvas was probably painted shortly afterward, about 1845. As in many of his landscapes of the mid-1840s, Rousseau arranged the distant planes in parallel strips, a compositional device that he called "planimetric."