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Trees in the Park at Saint-Cloud
Paul Huet

This unfinished oil sketch on canvas is an early work by Paul Huet, an important figure in French nineteenth-century landscape painting. While a student, he often visited the park at Saint-Cloud, in the west of Paris, where he sometimes painted outdoors – which he probably did here.

A pioneer of Romantic landscape painting, Huet was particularly interested in capturing the changing moods evoked by landscape through the play of light. Although he abandoned this sketch, it shows his method of painting, particularly his use of thickly painted bands of bright and dark greens to recreate the dense foliage of the towering trees that almost fill the canvas. He was a friend of the British landscape artist Richard Parkes Bonington, and of Eugène Delacroix, and his working method and technique prefigured the work of the Barbizon artists of the mid-nineteenth century, and the later Impressionists.

Key facts
Artist Paul Huet
Artist dates 1803-1869
Full title Trees in the Park at Saint-Cloud
Date made about 1820
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 37.6 x 55.5 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by the Lishawa Family in memory of Kate (Lishawa), 2005
Inventory number NG6603
Location in Gallery Not on display
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