ROBIE, Jean-Baptiste
(b. 1821, Bruxelles, d. 1910, Saint-Gilles)

Study of a Flowering Branch

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.