Rocks, Tree Trunks and Branches

This bleak yet powerful depiction of rocks and branches was probably painted during Wallis's stay in Italy between 1788 and 1806. The artist often chose such simple subjects, also recording rocky outcrops, forest paths, ancient ruins overgrown with greenery, and as here, the accidental conjunctions of nature. In this painting Wallis deftly records the texture of moss on rocks and bark.

Key facts

Artist dates
1761 - 1847
Full title
Rocks, Tree Trunks and Branches
Date made
about 1800
Medium and support
Oil on paper
46.2 × 44.3 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery