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Three trees in a wood
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Three trees in a wood


Jean Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810)

Pen and ink (black), graphite, bodycolour (white) on paper (off-white)

Height: 41.8 cm; Width: 29.2 cm;


Signed & ink, lower left & recto, monogram, DB 1799

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
The Lyon-based de Boissieu was passionate about drawing from nature, although many of his landscapes skilfully combine first-hand observation with motifs from seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. This drawing may owe its inspiration in part to Rembrandt’s renowned etching The Three Trees, but the dramatic fall of light on the trunks, as well as his endowing three trees of three different ages with an almost human quality, are very much de Boissieu’s own. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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