Rock Oaks, May 1861
etching on chine collé
30.5 x 43.2 cm; plate: 13.4 x 21.1 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 18678)
Théodore Rousseau, leader of the Barbizon School of landscape painting, was known for his directly observed views of rural France. Rousseau’s refusal to idealize his landscapes in the Italianate tradition found disapproval among the classically-trained artists of the jury for the annual Paris Salon and his works were rejected until 1849. This etching is after a painting included in the Salon of 1861. It was commissioned by the "Gazette des Beaux-Arts" as an illustration to accompany a review of the exhibition. The National Gallery of Canada impression was printed outside of the published edition and does not include lettering.