Exhibitions/ Art Object

Chestnut Limb, Ischia

Artist:
Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples)
Medium:
Oil on paper
Dimensions:
10 7/8 x 16 1/4 in. (27.6 x 41.3 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:
2009.400.39
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed, signed, and numbered (verso): Chataignier d'Île d'Ischia Sn. Denis. 124
sale, Christie's, Paris, March 17, 2005, no. 416, as "Une branche de chatâigner au pied d'un arbre dans l'île d'Ischia," for €12,600 ($16,912); Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "Chestnut Limb, Ischia").

Geneviève Lacambre. "Two Series of Studies in Oil on Paper Numbered by Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes and Simon Denis." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, pp. 74, 82–83, no. 124, calls it "A Branch of a Chestnut Tree at the Foot of a Tree on Ischia" and deduces that the number 124 on the verso situates it within the range of works similarly inscribed 78 through 127, whose primary motif is the earth with its vegetation.

Ann Hoenigswald. "Manipulating Paint: The Shorthand of Plein-Air Technique." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 18, fig. 16 (color detail), describes techniques employed by the artist to produce specific effects.

Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 116, no. 45, ill. (color), calls it "Chestnut Limb, Ischia".



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