Sunset near Arbonne, ca. 1860–65
Théodore Rousseau (French, 1812–1867)
Oil on wood; 25 1/4 x 39 in. (64.1 x 99.1 cm)
Bequest of Collis P. Huntington, 1900 (25.110.4)
The site depicted is an area near the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau. Characterized by outcroppings of rock, boulders, and strange, twisted trees, the site had earlier attracted Romantic artists. It was close to the village of Barbizon, where from 1836 on, Rousseau lived and worked along with other landscape painters of the so-called Barbizon School. It is thought that Rousseau worked on this picture for several years, probably about 1860–65. In comparison with his earlier forest sunsets, those from his last decade show heightened color, stronger contrasts of hue, and more varied textures.