La Bouëre had already begun exhibiting at the Paris Salon when, in 1831, he embarked on a four-year sojourn in Italy. He painted this study on November 16, 1833, at Olevano Romano, about thirty miles east of Rome. The subject was a standard part of the aspiring landscape painter's repertoire, but this example is especially remarkable for its brio; the truncated limbs contribute to the expressive power of the unwieldy form.
Inscription: Inscribed and dated (lower left): Olevano. 16 novembre. 1833.
Art dealer, Grenoble [sold to Fischer at Salon des Antiquaires, Montpellier]; [Jacques Fischer, Paris]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2002–9)
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, not in catalogue.
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Landscape with Tree Root").
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Trees: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," November 24, 2015–July 10, 2016, no catalogue.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 125, no. 71, ill. (color), calls it "Uprooted Tree, Olevano".
Old Master and 19th-Century Drawings and Oil Sketches. Exh. cat., W. M. Brady & Co. New York, 2014, unpaginated, under no. 28, fig. 41 (color), citing a letter from Jacques Fischer, states that it was one of four oil sketches purchased by Galerie Fischer-Keiner long before at the Salon des Antiquaires, Montpellier, from a Grenoble dealer.