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Paluds antiques

Paluds antiques
signed 'COROT' (lower right)
oil on canvas
21 3/8 x 33 1/8 in. (55.5 x 84 cm.)
Painted circa 1865-1870
with Arnold & Tripp, Paris, 1882.
Alexander Young, Blackheath by 1886; his sale; Christie's, London, 30 June 1910, lot 28 (titled 'L'abreuvoir').
P.E. Cremetti, London, by whom acquired at the above sale.
Sir John Reid, Glasgow, by whom acquired from the above.
Mrs. E.M. Salvesen, Glassel, by descent from the above, and thence by descent until 2010.
The Life Science Trust, Scotland, to whom gifted from the above; sale, Christie's, London, 7 December 2010, lot 38.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
A. Robaut, L'œuvre de Corot, Catalgue raisonné et illustré, vol. III, Paris, 1905, no. 1715, pp. 174-175 (illustrated).
Edinburgh, French and Dutch Collection, 1886, no. 1147.
Glasgow, The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Jubilee Exhibition of Works of Modern Artists, 1911, no. 52.
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Lot Essay

This painting bears all the strongest hallmarks of Corot's late period. It describes a shepherd overlooking a herd of cows grazing in marshland against the backdrop of an Italianate landscape. The shepherd's sheltered position under a tree, the birch tree on the left of the canvas threading its branches delicately skywards, the classical buildings and watery foreground are just some of the leitmotifs which define the artist in the popular imagination. Explicitly nostalgic, the painting harks back to Corot's memories of Italy and to a timeless, classical ideal which stretches back to the landscapes of Claude Lorrain. This is underscored by the title, which literally means 'ancient marshlands' in old French. The landscape is clearly imagined, although the buildings and marshlands bring to mind the Pontine landscape near Rome, softened by the lens of Corot's silvery brushwork.
Aside from its natural poetry, this painting is elevated both by its particularly fine condition and a highly distinguished provenance. The painting was sold for the very large sum of 6,510 guineas in the three-day sale of Alexander Young's famous collection at Christie's in June 1910. Young had been one of the foremost English collectors of French 19th-century art of his day, whose collection included major works by Corot, and Barbizon painters such as Jean-François Millet and Théodore Rousseau. The picture then passed, via the dealer Cremetti, to Sir John Reid, a leading Glasgow-based industrialist whose collection mirrored Young's tastes.

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