(b. 1821, Bruxelles, d. 1910, Saint-Gilles)
Study of a Flowering Branch1871
Oil on panel, 55 x 35 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Although this delicate rendering of a branch of mountain ash seems very casual, the surface is meticulously worked with barely perceptible brushstrokes and the lighting is carefully staged so that the highlighted blossoms emerge dramatically from deep background shadow.