The landscape depicted in this sketch resembles the view to the north of the road from Vicovaro as it reaches the outskirts of Tivoli, suggesting a kinship with Mountainous Landscape at Vicovaro
(The Met, 2003.42.22
) that is underscored not only by its size but its sensibility. Denis seems to have selected this motif not only for the beauty of the scenery but to capture the fleeting effect of light as it helps to define the recession of landscape elements from the field in the foreground to the line of trees and the escarpment beyond, mostly in green tones, and the contrasting pink in the sky.
[Asher Ethan Miller 2013]