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A Tree
Achille-Etna Michallon

In his 'Eléments de perspective' of 1800, Michallon's teacher Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes advised his students to make oil sketches of beautiful trees.

In this sketch Michallon has depicted an ancient tree trunk. The bark is composed of countless quick strokes of colour that suggest its rough texture, while its gnarled branches twist and curl dramatically.

On the reverse of the sheet is a painting of a farmhouse set against a row of trees with a cloud-filled sky above.

Key facts
Artist Achille-Etna Michallon
Artist dates 1796 - 1822
Full title A Tree
Date made about 1816
Medium and support Oil on paper
Dimensions 30.5 × 24 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L856
Location in Gallery Room 46
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