A Torrent at Tivoli

Denis painted this sketch while visiting the falls at Tivoli, probably in the early 1790s when he also painted the 'View of the Cascades at Tivoli'. Such sketches may have been made as studies for larger paintings or simply as studies for their own sake. Denis captures the effects of the foaming water gushing over rocks, its translucency and the shadows beneath its surface.

Key facts

Artist dates
1755 - 1813
Full title
A Torrent at Tivoli
Date made
about 1789-93
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on a plastic support
21.2 × 37.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery