The varying titles that accompanied the work highlight a problem regarding Carl Fredrik Hill's art. Usually, the artist seldom gave his own "official" title to his landscape paintings.
However, based on many years of work, new research now suggests that the catalogue number is to be regarded as the fifth motif (out of a total of six) in the famous suite "The Tree and the River Bend" from Brolles / Bois-le-Roi. The four motifs which, according to this reasoning, would have preceded the present catalogue number are;
— A painting (sketch) in the collections of Prince Eugene’s Waldemarsudde in Stockholm ("Landscape at Bois-le-Roi", oil on canvas, 21.5 x 27 cm, W 283, purchase by Prins Eugen 1925)
— A painting in the collections at the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm ("The tree and the river bend III [Bois-le-Roi]", oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, NM 1863, gift 1915 by art lovers through Richard Bergh).
— The large version, which, after being inherited within the artist's family, was sold for the world record auction price of SEK 15,125,000 at Bukowskis in December 2019 ("The tree and the river bend", oil on canvas, 80.5 x 99.5 cm, Åmells Konsthandel, Stockholm)
— A painting in the Gothenburg Art Museum collections ("French river landscape, Bois-le-Roi", oil on canvas, 54 x 73 cm, GKM 0522, purchased in 1915).
The remaining sixth version would then be a painting in the collections at Sven-Harry's Art Museum, Stockholm ("Trädet och flodkröken II", oil on canvas, 65 x 100 cm, previously in Professor Gustaf Petrén's collections, Lund, later purchased via Sotheby's, 1991, transferred from Folkhem Art Collection), which, probably, was executed after the present catalogue number.
The consequence by which Hill captured the motif in the first three versions (where format and composition show striking similarities) speaks partly for the order but also for the fact that he, in the end, reached the "final" version which he intended to submit to the prestigious Salon in Paris. In the final version, the canvas is the largest in size and has a next to square shape where the bushy tree crown on the foreground's stemmed tree is depicted in its entirety.
A comparison between these three canvases shows how Hill already in Waldemarsudde's sketch captured the composition in its entirety, as it is then refined in the Nationalmuseum’s painting and finally completed in the version sold at Bukowskis in 2019. An interesting detail is a figure in the foreground wearing a straw hat as protection from the sun. This figure was already included in the sketch in an orange brushstroke (a colour that brings to mind a straw hat). Sten Åke Nilsson believes that the depicted figure is not just an outdoor painter but probably Hill himself. This means that the motif is the only one in Hill's landscape painting where the artist depicts himself.
Exactly why Hill chose to expand the suite with three more versions where the composition gradually takes the form of a panorama where the crown of the imposing tree is cut is today difficult to explain (which is so often the case in studies of chronology regarding Hill's artistic production).