Morning Effect

Pierre-Étienne-Théodore Rousseau (French, 1812-1867)
c. 1850
Oil on canvas 
39-1/4 x 53 in. (99.7 x 134.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Known as Le Grand Refusé due to his exclusion and consequent abstention from the annual Paris Salons of 1836–48, Théodore Rousseau is nevertheless considered to be instrumental in the establishment of the Barbizon School of French landscape painting. Neither stylistically consistent nor a cohesive band of painters, this group held but one common credo—that humans and nature could coexist without the hierarchy of one establishing itself over the other. Rousseau’s unique approach, different from fellow landscape painters Corot, Daubigny and Harpignies, took cues from the idealized world of Romantic landscape painting and applied them to the less structured aspects observed while painting out-of-doors. Morning Effect, exhibited to much acclaim at the Salon of 1850–51, is a superb example of the liminal position of Rousseau’s landscapes. The morning sun creates a dramatic silhouette of landscape and fisherman, who appears to be just leaving with his morning catch. Located at the center of the canvas between an untamed area of forest at left and a cultivated pasture with grazing sheep at right, the fisherman assimilates peacefully and naturally into the meticulously executed rural setting.


Paul Collot, Paris (sale Paris, Hôtel des ventes mobilières, 29 May 1852, lot 58, sold for Fr 2,400 to);
Duc de Morny, Paris.
Charles de Férol, probably his sale (Hôtel des Commissaires-Priseurs, Paris, 22 January 1856, lot 22, sold for Fr 2,330).
Friedrich Jakob Gsell, Vienna, by 1868.
Emile Gavet (1830-1904), Paris, by 1872.
Madame Isaac Péreire, Paris, by 1883, sold 1910 by heirs to;
[Arnold and Tripp, Paris, by whom sold for Fr 750,000 to];
[Knoedler and Company, New York, stock 12465, sold 1911 for $160,000 to];
George Fisher Baker, New York, by inheritance upon his death in 1931 to his heir;
Florence Bellows Baker (Mrs. William Goadby Loew), New York, by 1932, by inheritance upon her death in 1936 to her daughter;
Florence Lowe (Mrs. Robert E. Strawbridge, Jr.), New York, by inheritance upon her death in 1972 to;
Robert E. Strawbridge III, New York;
[Wildenstein Gallery, New York, by 1975, sold 1976 for $75,000 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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