Landscape with a Staircase and a Balustrade

Jean-Baptiste Oudryabout 1744–1747

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In the foreground, weeds grow without restraint, and unpruned trees and shrubs creep upward on the broken trellis. At the center of the composition, light falls through the arch and onto the dilapidated steps. Through the arch, a stairway overtaken with vegetation leads upward, disappearing into the background. At the bottom of the stairs, a loose stack of stones topples to its side. This neglected and forgotten garden imparts a melancholy sense of loss and decay. In this view of an overgrown, abandoned garden, Jean-Baptiste Oudry conveyed his mastery of chiaroscuro. This drawing is one in a large series of over one hundred studies that Oudry made between 1744 and 1747 of the abandoned gardens of the Prince de Guise's château at Arceuil, France.


  • Title: Landscape with a Staircase and a Balustrade
  • Creator: Jean-Baptiste Oudry
  • Date Created: about 1744–1747
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: 32.1 × 52.4 cm (12 5/8 × 20 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black and white chalk on faded blue paper
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 96.GB.19
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Jean-Baptiste Oudry (French, 1686 - 1755)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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