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Study of a Tree; verso: Study of Houses

Artist:
Ernst Ferdinand Oehme (German, Dresden 1797–1855 Dresden)
Date:
1832
Medium:
Graphite
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 3/8 x 6 15/16 in. (21.2 x 17.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, PECO Foundation Gift, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.270a, b
Not on view
A leading artist of his generation, Oehme here depicts a mighty oak, a tree long associated with German national identity and especially embraced by artists of the Romantic period. As indicated in the inscription, this detailed study of the weathered bark and exposed roots was made from life on October 3, 1832. By focusing on the monumental trunk instead of its towering crown, Oehme created an image of quiet force.
Inscription: At lower right, inscribed "N.d. Nat. [?] den 3e October 1832" in graphite, by the artist. Verso: at upper center, inscribed "XX4/" in graphite (20th-century handwriting); at center, inscribed "Z: [?] 0231/" in graphite (19th- or 20th-century handwriting); at lower left, inscribed "Ernst Ferdinand Oehme/1797-1855/Dresden" in graphite (19th- or 20th-century handwriting); below, inscribed "227124/0660" in graphite (20th-century handwriting).
sale, Karl & Faber (Munich), 4 December 2009, lot 286; Vendor: Katrin Bellinger Kunsthandel, Munich
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 19, 2013–February 10, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," May 9–August 7, 2017.

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