Exhibitions/ Art Object

Plane Tree

Artist:
Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples)
Medium:
Oil on paper
Dimensions:
6 x 9 3/4 in. (15.2 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:
2009.400.42
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed, numbered, and signed (verso): Platane ou Plane / 125 Sn Denis
sale, Christie's, Paris, March 17, 2005, no. 413, as "Un tronc de platane," for 18,000 euros ($24,161); 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 "Plane Tree").

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, 83, no. 125, calls it "Trunk of a Plane Tree" and deduces that the number 125 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. 17 (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. 117, no. 46, ill. (color), calls it "Plane Tree".



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