Simon de Vlieger

Study of a Tree in Leaf

c. 1630-1653
This up-close study of an oak tree in leaf reveals an artist who was in the practice of sketching outdoors. The intimate observation of the plant and its skillful rendering on this sheet suggest not only Simon de Vlieger’s passion for studying nature, but also an interest in capturing the individual character of the tree, almost as if making a portrait of it.
Title
Study of a Tree in Leaf
Date
c. 1630-1653
Medium
Drawing
Materials
black chalk, heightened with white chalk, on buff laid paper
Dimensions
39.1 x 29.1 cm
Nationality
Dutch
Credit line
Purchased 1948
Accession number
5536