A Swamp in the Landes

Théodore Rousseauafter 1844

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

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.

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  • Title: A Swamp in the Landes
  • Creator: Théodore Rousseau (French, 1812-1867)
  • Date Created: after 1844
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Théodore Rousseau (French, 1812-1867)
  • 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.
  • Object Type: paintings
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] signed in red in lower left: Th. Rousseau
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., 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., Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980., The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Dimensions: H: 16 7/16 x W: 22 5/16 in. (41.7 x 56.7 cm); Framed H: 30 1/16 x W: 36 1/8 x D: 6 1/8 in. (76.4 x 91.8 x 15.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by Henry Walters, 1917
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.991