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A Swamp in the Landes
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A Swamp in the Landes

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Description Rousseau worked on the Normandy coast early in his career but also studied the sea on a visit to the Landes region in southwestern France in 1844. Here, he depicts a luminous view looking out across expansive marshes with sails visible on the horizon. Technical analysis of a cross section of this painting has demonstrated that Rousseau was using the recently discovered pigment emerald green.
Date Description Narrative
3/01/1957Treatmentcoated; other
11/18/2003Treatmentcleaned; coated; loss compenation
  • Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005.
  • The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh. 2008-2009.
  • 19th Century Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin. 2010-2011.
  • From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016.
  • Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Theodore Rousseau . J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; NY Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kobenhavn. 2016-2017.
  • Inventing Acadia Landscape Painting in Louisiana. New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans. 2019-2020.
Provenance Boyard Collection [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Laurent-Richard Collection Sale, Paris, April 7, 1873, no. 51; Laurent Richard Collection Sale, Paris, 1886, no. 60; William. H. Fuller Sale, New York, 1898, no. 24; Isidor Wormser Sale, New York, American Art Association, 1917, no. 109; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1917, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] signed in red in lower left: Th. Rousseau
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917

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after 1844
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 16 3/8 × W: 22 5/16 × D: 1/8 in. (41.59 × 56.67 × 0.32 cm); Framed H: 30 1/16 × W: 36 1/8 × D: 6 1/8 in. (76.36 × 91.76 × 15.56 cm)
  • France, The Landes (Place Depicted)
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Not On View

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