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Adrien Rousseau

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ADRIEN ROUSSEAU (B. 1800)
Adrien Rousseau was a noted 19th century French Barbizon school artist. The Barbizon school of painters were part of a movement towards Realism in art, which arose in the context of the dominant Romantic Movement of the time, and was a predecessor to the advent of Impressionism.

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ADRIEN ROUSSEAU (B. 1800)
Adrien Rousseau was a noted 19th century French Barbizon school artist. The Barbizon school of painters were part of a movement towards Realism in art, which arose in the context of the dominant Romantic Movement of the time, and was a predecessor to the advent of Impressionism. The Barbizon school was active roughly from 1830 through 1870. It takes its name from the village of Barbizon, France, near the Forest of Fontainebleau, where many of the artists gathered. Some of the most prominent stylistic features of this school of art are its tonal qualities, color, loose brushwork, and softness of form. In 1824 the Salon de Paris exhibited works of the now famous English painter John Constable, whose rural scenes influenced some of the younger artists of the time, moving them to abandon formalism and to draw inspiration directly from nature. Natural scenes became the subjects of their paintings rather than mere backdrops to dramatic events. Jean-Francois Millet in his famous 1857 painting In the Gleaners, extended the idea from landscape to peasant figures, scenes of peasant life, and work in the fields. No destination was more popular for the Barbizon artists than the Forest of Fontainebleau. The landscape of Fontainbleau and similar settings around Paris created the ideal tonal atmosphere or “quality of light that bathes everything.” This large 19th Century Barbizon School painting on canvas by Adrien Rousseau typifies the tonality, style, and imagery of the period. The oil on canvas, signed lower right, measures 24″x22″ in the original Barbizon 31″x29″ frame. Barbizon frames all have the same profile and originated to accompany the naturalist period focus. Barbizon frames have a dense foliate pattern, creating the effect of vines growing around the edges of the painting. Beneath the leafy ornamentation, one can discern a subtle crisscrossing etched into the surface that gives the design of the frame depth and texture. Rousseau’s paintings have sold at auction internationally over 18,000 U.S.