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Simon Denis, A Torrent at Tivoli

Key facts
Full title A Torrent at Tivoli
Artist Simon Denis
Artist dates 1755 - 1813
Date made about 1789-93
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on a plastic support
Dimensions 21.2 × 37.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L820
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
A Torrent at Tivoli
Simon Denis

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.

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