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Oak Tree

Artist:
Wolfgang Adam Töpffer (Swiss, Geneva 1766–1847 Morillon)
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on wood
Dimensions:
12 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (31.1 x 24.8 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:
2009.400.107
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 in Out 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 in Out 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.



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