Uprooted Tree at Olevano Romano

Antoine-Xavier-Gabriel de Gazeau, comte de La Bouëre French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

La Bouëre had already begun exhibiting at the Paris Salon when, in 1831, he embarked on a four-year sojourn in Italy. He painted this study on November 16, 1833, at Olevano Romano, about thirty miles east of Rome. The subject was a standard part of the aspiring landscape painter's repertoire, but this example is especially remarkable for its brio; the truncated limbs contribute to the expressive power of the unwieldy form.

Uprooted Tree at Olevano Romano, Antoine-Xavier-Gabriel de Gazeau, comte de La Bouëre (French, Jallais 1801–1881 Grenoble), Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard

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