The Oaks

Théodore Rousseau (French, 1812–1867)
The Oaks, 1852

Oil on canvas
21 x 25 inches (53.3 x 64.1 cm)
Signed lower left: Th. Rousseau
Evan F. Lilly Memorial, 70.87


By 1889-1890, Collection of Prosper Crabbe, Brussels

June 12, 1890, Sale, "Prosper Crabbe Sale," Sedelmeyer Galleries, Paris (lot no. 18)

unknown dates, Durand-Ruel, Paris

ca. 1924–ca. 1953, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Crocker, Hillsborough, California

ca. 1953, W. H. Crocker Estate (c/o San Francisco Museum of Art)

ca. 1967, Provident Securities Co., San Francisco

1970, IU Art Museum purchase from Wildenstein & Co. Gallery, New York


1889, “Exposition de l’art français (1789–1889),” Exposition universelle internationale, Paris (catalogue general official, p. 18, no. 610, as "Les Chênes")

1924–1925, “Inaugural Exposition of French Art,” California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco (cat. no. 55a, p. 22)

June 8–July 8, 1934, “Exhibition of French Paintings from the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day,” California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco (cat. no. 147, p. 59)

June 2–June 30, 1936, “Survey of Landscape Painting,” San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (cat. no. 91)

March 24–June 19, 1953, “The French Impressionists,” Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (cat. no. 37)

October 28–December 6, 1975, “Nature as Scene: French Landscape Painting from Poussin to Bonnard,” Wildenstein & Co., New York (cat. no. 57)

March 5–April 18, 1978, “French Nineteenth Century Oil Sketches: David to Degas,” Hayes Ackland Memorial Art Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (cat. no. 58)

January 29, 1991–March 29, 1992, “Corot to Manet: The Rise of Landscape Painting in France,” The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, January 29–April 28, 1991; IBM Gallery of Science & Art, New York, July 30–September 28, 1991; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, November 10, 1991–January 5, 1992; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, January 28–March 29, 1992 (cat. no. 105)

Alternate Titles

Les Chênes

Woodland Scene

Woodland Landscape

Wooded Landscape (Les Chênes)

The Oaks (Woodland Landscape)


Because this painting was in an American collection from at least 1924 on, it does not have a problematic Nazi-era provenance.