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A Fallen Tree Trunk
Giovanni-Battista Camuccini

Camuccini's study of a fallen tree trunk is an example of the sort of study encouraged by the artist Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, a central figure in the development of the landscape oil sketch. Valenciennes encouraged artists to make oil studies of trees, focusing on their barks and all the other irregularities that characterised them. In this study, the massive, twisted trunk, with moss dappling the bark on its curving, broken branches, has fallen somewhere in the countryside; decay is well advanced as it is slowly absorbed back into the earth.

This sketch comes from the bundle of oil sketches on paper recently found at the Camuccini family villa at Cantalupo in Italy.

Key facts
Artist Giovanni-Battista Camuccini
Artist dates 1819 - 1904
Full title A Fallen Tree Trunk
Date made about 1850
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on board
Dimensions 25.8 × 42 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L806
Location in Gallery Room 46
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