Théodore Rousseau : one of the greatest landscape painters of his time.
Unlike Jean-François Millet, who upon arrival at Barbizon devoted himself to painting field labours and intimist farm scenes, Théodore Rousseau depicted tall copses and forest clearings. Once known as "perpetual Salon reject", he was nonetheless better known than Millet when he settled in Barbizon in around 1844.
He is the outstanding painter of light, and his depiction of the lighting of copses throughout the day opened the way for the Impressionists, who would soon take the place of the Barbizon landscape artists.
Most of the subjects of his paintings borrow from sites in the forest of Fontainebleau; he settled permanently at the edge of the forest in the village of Barbizon.
The studio home of Théodore Rousseau is now a branch of the Département Museum. This small dwelling now pays homage to its former owner. Temporary exhibitions are held there.