Wolfgang Adam Töpffer (Swiss, Geneva 1766–1847 Morillon)
Oil on paper, laid down on wood
12 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (31.1 x 24.8 cm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Not on view
sale, Tajan, Paris, March 26, 2003, no. 109, as "Étude d'arbre," "attribué à Adam Töpffer"; [Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi, London; from 2003]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
London. Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi. "Out into Nature: The Dawn of Plein-Air Painting in Germany, 1820–1850," June 24–July 11, 2003, no. 27 (as "Oak Tree," by Wolfgang-Adam Töpffer).
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Trees: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," November 24, 2015–July 10, 2016, no catalogue.
Hans-Juergen Moesch and Gerd-Helge Vogel inOut into Nature: The Dawn of Plein-Air Painting in Germany, 1820–1850. Exh. cat., Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi. London, 2003, pp. 70–71, no. 27, ill. (color), call it a sketch and state that in painting it the artist closely followed Valenciennes's "Élémens de perspective pratique" (1800).
Gerd-Helge Vogel inOut into Nature: The Dawn of Plein-Air Painting in Germany, 1820–1850. Exh. cat., Katrin Bellinger at Colnaghi. London, 2003, p. 15, calls it a "splendid example of [Töpffer's] technical ability".
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 144, no. 127, ill. (color), confirms the attribution to Töpffer.
Artist: Wolfgang Adam Töpffer (Swiss, Geneva 1766–1847 Morillon)Date: 1821Medium: Watercolour, over a sketch in graphite or black chalk. Framing line in pen and dark brown ink, by the artist.Accession: 2008.53On view in:Not on view