Philippe ROUSSEAU (Paris 1816 - Acquigny 1887)

A Red Stork in a Landscape Sold

Watercolour, black chalk and coloured chalks, with touches of white heightening.
Signed Ph. Rousseau at the lower right.
171 x 140 mm. (6 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.) [image]
212 x 198 mm. (8 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.) [sheet]

ENQUIRE

This vibrant watercolour is a fine example of the way in which Rousseau could depict animals in their own right, without any apparent reference to fables or literature. The delicately rendered stork stands preening in a barren marshland, seemingly disinterested in the storm that rages overhead. Here Rousseau is spontaneous and perceptive. His use of a combination of watercolour and pastel display the freedom and ease with which he portrayed animals.

Rousseau depicted storks in a number of paintings, including Storks and a Peacock near a Pond, signed and dated 1863, which appeared at auction in London in 1966 and a painting illustrating the fable of The Fox and the Stork, sold at auction in 1991. A painting of storks was also among the decorations commissioned from Rousseau for the dining room of James, Baron de Rothschild and shown at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1855.

Philippe ROUSSEAU

A Red Stork in a Landscape

258

  • Name: *
  • E-mail: *
  • Phone:
  • Comment: