The Edge of the Woods at Monts-Girard, Fontainebleau Forest is a painting created by Théodore Rousseau between 1852-54. The painting showcases the unique terrain of the forest that includes rock formations, plateaus, and old-growth trees. It’s part of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The painting holds significant cultural importance as it represents a critical phase in history where modern art was forged. An exhibition celebrating this relationship and locale between artists and the Forest of Fontainebleau is currently underway. Notably, this period saw many painters looking towards natural elements such as forests for inspiration in their works.