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Study of a Clump of Trees

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Painted in Italy on Cropsey's first European trip, this study has the freshness and immediacy of a sketch made outdoors. Cropsey depicted the texture of the leaves with a variety of lively brushstrokes, while carefully rendering the subtle distinctions in the range of greens.

Inscription

Lower center: J.F Cropsey l'Arricia/Sept 1848-

Provenance

The artist; with Victor Spark, New York, 1945; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1945; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.

Credit Line

Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865

1848

Dimensions

38.73 x 34.92 cm (15 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

47.1246

Medium or Technique

Oil on paper mounted on canvas

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Americas

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