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Probably by Josephus Augustus Knip, Green Mountains

Key facts
Full title Green Mountains
Artist Probably by Josephus Augustus Knip
Artist dates 1777 - 1847
Date made around 1810
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 20 × 37 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L843
Location On loan: Gere Collection Paintings to the Ashmolean (2024 - 2026), The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
Green Mountains
Probably by Josephus Augustus Knip

The location of these mountains, with their distinctive peaks silhouetted against a blue sky, has not been identified. It is clear, however, that we are not meant to read them as rising from a flat bare plain. The artist has followed the advice to painters of landscape oil sketches of Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, a central figure in the development of the landscape oil sketch, who taught that the artist should focus on a motif in the middle distance while leaving the foreground empty.

The attribution to Knip is based on the resemblance of this sketch to other depictions of green Italian mountains by this artist.

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