A Path among the Rocks

Artist: Théodore Rousseau (French, Paris 1812–1867 Barbizon)

Date: probably 1861

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 15 x 23 5/8 in. (38.1 x 60 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913

Accession Number: 14.40.814


This picture was shown in an exhibition of Rousseau's painted studies, held in Paris in 1867. In the accompanying catalogue, it was identified as A Morning in Early Summer in the Forest of Fontainebleau and dated 1861. Rousseau's technique, which builds up a lively, light-filled surface with delicate touches of translucent glazes, is characteristic of his mature style.