River Landscape

Despite the distinctive profile of the mountain, the site in this sketch has not been identified. The rustic buildings at right and left suggest that it is Italy, although the lush green of the vegetation may point to France. The artist has situated himself on the near side of a river with sheer vertical banks. Some areas of the landscape are broadly painted, while in others the artist has applied numerous small strokes of colour, animating the surface with several shades of green.

Key facts

Artist dates
1798 - 1860
Full title
River Landscape
Date made
about 1840
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
25.2 × 38.4 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery