Object Image

Study of a Tree; verso: Study of Houses

A leading artist of his generation, Oehme here depicts a mighty oak, a tree long associated with German national identity and especially embraced by artists of the Romantic period. As indicated in the inscription, this detailed study of the weathered bark and exposed roots was made from life on October 3, 1832. By focusing on the monumental trunk instead of its towering crown, Oehme created an image of quiet force.

Credit: Purchase, PECO Foundation Gift, 2010...

21.2 x 17.7cm
2010.270a, b
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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