Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Study of the Roots of a Fallen Tree

Artist:
François-Edme Ricois (French, Courtalain 1795–1881 Paris)
Date:
probably before 1820
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on illustration board
Dimensions:
7 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (18.7 x 24.1 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:
2009.400.99
Not on view
[Talabardon & Gautier, Paris]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
Paris. Talabardon & Gautier. "Le paysage français de Valenciennes à Bonington," September 18–October 26, 2002, no. 31 (as "Étude de souche d'arbre").

New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Study of the Roots of a Fallen Tree").

New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Trees: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," November 24, 2015–July 10, 2016, no catalogue.

Bertrand Talabardon and Bertrand Gautier. Le paysage français de Valenciennes à Bonington. Exh. cat., Talabardon & Gautier. Paris, 2002, unpaginated, no. 31, ill. (color), state that it is unlike any other work in Ricois' oeuvre and that it must date from his formative years before 1820; note that Valenciennes recommended such studies to his students and that Corot, Michallon, Huet, and the Barbizon painters all undertook the same subject.

Luigi Gallo in Le paysage français de Valenciennes à Bonington. Exh. cat., Talabardon & Gautier. Paris, 2002, unpaginated, discusses it as an example of a forest image from Fontainebleau, Compiègne, or Montmorency.

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 140, no. 116, ill. (color), calls it "Study of the Roots of a Fallen Tree".



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