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Uprooted Tree at Olevano Romano

Artist:
Antoine-Xavier-Gabriel de Gazeau, comte de La Bouëre (French, Jallais 1801–1881 Grenoble)
Date:
1833
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard
Dimensions:
10 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (27.3 x 38.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.400.65
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805
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.



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