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Trees in Front of a Valley

Trees in Front of a Valley

108: Trees in Front of a Valley

Simon Denis
Antwerp 1755 - 1812 Naples

2017-S.18: Fondation Custodia
Rights held by: Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris

After training in his native city of Antwerp, as well as in Paris in 1775, Denis was encouraged by his patron, painter and dealer Jean-Baptiste Lebrun, to move to Rome in 1786. There he established himself as a painter of landscapes, and he is now recognized as one of the early proponents of open-air sketching. Later in his career, Denis settled in Naples and was the court painter to Joseph Bonaparte from 1806 until his death in 1812.

Text written and researched by Michelle Bird National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Oil on canvas
68.8 × 91.1 cm

Section: Trees

This can be found in Gallery 12: The Adeane

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