Gnarled Oak Tree near l'Epine Crossroads

Gustave Le Gray1849–1852

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

The relatively large number of existing prints of this oddly shaped oak tree suggest that this was one of Gustave Le Gray's most popular forest views. The tree was a well-known curiosity among Barbizon painters, who lived at the edge of the forest at Fontainebleau--outside Paris--and who painted pure, naturalistic landscapes. Le Gray captured the fine details of the tree's bark and the soft moss covering a boulder at the foot of the tree, contrasting the tree's rough texture with that of velvety moss.


  • Title: Gnarled Oak Tree near l'Epine Crossroads
  • Creator: Gustave Le Gray
  • Date Created: 1849–1852
  • Location Created: Fontainebleau, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.7 × 37.3 cm (10 1/8 × 14 11/16 in.)
  • Type: Print
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 84.XM.637.17
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820 - 1884)
  • Classification: Photographs (Visual Works)

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