Alphonse-Nicolas-Michel MANDEVARE (Paris(?) c.1770 - Paris c.1850)
A Pollarded Tree
Black chalk on wove paper.
Signed with the artist’s monogram M-M at the lower right.
593 x 445 mm. (23 3/8 x 17 1/2 in.)
Although two similar pollarded willow trees appear in the ninth cahier of Mandevare’s 'Principes raisonnes du paysage', the present sheet, drawn in a rich black chalk, is an independent work of art, and likely to date to the 1820s. (That the artist executed such autonomous drawings of trees can be seen from his Salon entries; a drawing of an Etude d’arbre, for example, is listed in the Salon livret of 1804.) This drawing may be grouped with a number of large landscape drawings bearing dates between 1820 and 1825, several of which are now in private collections.
A similarly large and dramatic study of a pollarded tree by Mandevare, formerly in the collection of Charles Ryskamp, was sold at auction in New York in 2011. Another stylistically comparable drawing of a tree, similarly signed and of identical dimensions to the present sheet, was sold at auction in London in 2011.