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Prints and Authors in the Time of Manet

Théodore Rousseau
French, 1812–1867

View of the Bellecroix Plateau, Fontainebleau Forest [Vue de Plateau de Bellecroix (foret de Fontainebleau)]

Etching, 1848
Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1928.177

Théodore Rousseau was among the early French pioneers of pure landscape painting. Along with Charles Daubigny and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (both featured in this exhibition), Rousseau painted and etched scenes based on the Fontainebleau forest near the village of Barbizon. Unlike his friends, he finished very few etchings—only six.