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Possibly by François Desportes, Study of Two Trees

Key facts
Full title Study of Two Trees
Artist Possibly by François Desportes
Artist dates 1661 - 1743
Date made about 1700
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on cardboard
Dimensions 27.1 × 40.2 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L859
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2003. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
Study of Two Trees
Possibly by François Desportes

The attribution of this study of two intertwining tree trunks has proved very difficult and the particular site has not been identified. The present attribution to Desportes is suggested because the artist and his studio particularly valued the skilful painting of such naturalistic subjects. Desportes was known for his hunting landscapes and portraits of royal hunting dogs, but an inventory of the contents of his studio made in 1784 mentions sketches of tree trunks and plants. These would have been incorporated into the backgrounds of his paintings.

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