To the blackboard
The Oak of Flagey
There used to be an oak tree in Flagey, not far from the edge of the village. It stood on the road between this district and Chassagne, until it was claimed by lightning in the mid-20th century. It was said that no fewer than seven men could hold hands around it! Painted in 1864, it held special significance for the village’s inhabitants, as it was closely linked with Courbet. And it is the only portrait of a tree among the painter’s work!