The Banks Of The Oise
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Henri Rousseau, French (Laval France 1844 - 1910 Paris France)
The Banks of the Oise
Work Type
c. 1907
Level 1, Room 1220, European Art, 19th–20th century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
33 x 46 cm (13 x 18 1/8 in.)
framed: 54.3 x 67 x 5.7 cm (21 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l. r.: H. Rousseau [underlined]
  • inscription: back of stretcher: Bords de l'Oise, 1907
  • label: old backing board: The Santini Brothers Inc. N.Y.C., N.Y. / 10"
  • label: old backing board, ink? on a piece of tape, handwritten: MIA 6458
  • exhibition label: old backing board: MMFA - 6/21
  • label: old backing board: Box #2/3 of 6
  • label: old backing board: Day and Meyer, Murray & Young / Piece 20
  • exhibition label: old backing board
  • label: old backing board: Owner: Maurice Wertheim / 27 / Artist: Rousseau / Title: Herbage, Bords de l'Oise / National Gallery of Art
[Salon des Independants?]sold; to M. Huc, Toulouse. [Paul Rosenberg, Paris(beginning 1912).] Alphonse Kann, Saint-Germain-en-Laye (by 1936-1947), sold; [to Paul Rosenberg, New York] sold; to Maurice Wertheim, New York, NY, (1949-1951) bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1951.

Regarding 1947 purchase, see Foreign Service invoice, October 23, 1947
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim, Class of 1906
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Wilhelm Uhde, Henri Rousseau, E. Figuière (Paris, France, 1911), repr. as no. 12

Christian Zervos, Rousseau, Editions Cahiers d'art (Paris, France, 1927), repr. p. 68

Roch Grey, Henri Rousseau, Galerie Rene Drouin (Paris, France, 1943), repr. as pl. 71

Mario Buzzichini, Henri Rousseau (Milan, Italy, 1944), repr., pl. 17

La Peinture Française Depuis 1870: Collection Maurice Wertheim, exh. cat., Tom Taylor (Québec, Canada, 1949), p. 60, fig. 22, repr. p. 61

Roger Shattuck, The Banquet Years, Harcourt, Brace and Co. (New York, NY, 1958), repr. pl. 4 and p. 80

The Maurice Wertheim Catalogue: Modern French Art-- Monet to Picasso, exh. cat., North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC, 1960), p. 48, repr. p. 49

Dora Vallier, Henri Rousseau, Flammarion (Paris, France, 1961), no. 111

Jean Bouret, Henri Rousseau, Idees et Calendes (Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1961), no. 142

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art-- Manet to Picasso, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Houston, TX, 1962), p. 46, repr. p. 47, pl. 18

Dora Vallier, L'Opera Completa di Rousseau il Doganiere, Rizzoli (Milan, Italy, 1969), pp. 88, 111, 113

Sandra E. Leonard, Henri Rousseau and Max Weber, Richard L. Feigen & Co. Inc. (New York, NY, 1970), p. 21

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Maine State Museum (Augusta, ME, 1972), repr. pl. 32

Yoshiaki Tono, Ruso, Kodansha Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan, 1981), repr. in color, no. 41

John O'Brian, Degas to Matisse: the Maurice Wertheim Collection, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc./Fogg Art Museum (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA, 1988), no. 27, pp. 114-116, repr. in color p. 115; p. 158

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 128; repr. as no. 404

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1990), repr. in color no. 32, p. 95

[Unidentified article], Labyrinthe (July 1946 - August 1946), no. 21, repr., p. 5

[Unidentified article], Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumburg, IL, March 1, 1996), vol. 208, no. 5, repr. on cover page and p. 627

Elizabeth M. Rudy, Researching the Wertheim Collection at the Harvard Art Museums, Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals (Summer 2014), Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 301-6, p. 303

Exhibition History

La Peinture Française depuis 1870, Musée de la Province de Quebec, 07/12/1949 - 08/07/1949

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 07/01/1952 - 09/14/1952

French Paintings Since 1870 from the Maurice Wertheim Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 06/01/1953 - 09/30/1953

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 06/15/1957 - 09/15/1957

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 06/10/1958 - 08/31/1958

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Modern French Art--Monet to Picasso, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 06/17/1960 - 09/04/1960

The Maurice Wertheim Collection: Manet to Picasso, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 06/13/1962 - 09/02/1962

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 06/20/1963 - 09/01/1963

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, 06/24/1965 - 09/07/1965

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 09/03/1968 - 09/22/1968

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 06/01/1971 - 09/30/1971

The Maurice Wertheim Collection, Maine State Museum, Augusta, 06/01/1972 - 09/01/1972

Manet to Matisse: The Maurice Wertheim Collection, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, New York, 04/09/1985 - 05/25/1985

The Maurice Wertheim Collection and Selected Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings and Drawings in the Fogg Art Museum, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo, 03/01/1990 - 04/10/1990; Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, 04/14/1990 - 05/13/1990

Re-View: S427 Impressionist & Postimpressionist Art, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/02/2008 - 06/18/2011

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