Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau
'the first thorough review of his restless career' - New York Times
A leader of the Barbizon School, Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867) was arguably the most important French landscape artist of the mid-nineteenth century. He was an experimental artist who rejected the traditional historical, biblical, or literary subject matter in favour of 'unruly nature' - a Romantic naturalism that confounded his contemporaries with its 'bizarre' compositional and coloristic innovations.
Lavishly illustrated and thoroughly documented, this volume includes five essays by experts in the field. Scott Allan and Édouard Kopp examine Rousseau’s diverse techniques and working procedures as a painter and as a draftsman, as well as his art’s mixed economic and critical fortunes on the art market and at the Salon. Line Clausen Pedersen’s essay focuses on Mont Blanc Seen from La Faucille, Storm Effect, an early touchstone for the artist and a spectacular example of the Romantic sublime in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek’s collection.
This catalogue accompanies an eponymous exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum and at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in 2016/7.
- Authors: Scott Allan, Associate Curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum; Édouard Kopp, Associate Curator of drawings at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA and Line Clausen Pedersen, Curator of Modern Art at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Date published: June 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1606064771
- Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 1.5 cm