7 July 2010
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
Un arbre mort sous bois
with studio stamp (lower right); and wax sale seal (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
12¼ x 8¼ in. (31 x 21 cm.)
Painted circa 1823-24.
The artist's posthumous studio sale, Drouot, Paris, 26 May-2 June 1875, lot 246 (Ffr. 87).
Acquired at the above sale by Comte Armand Doria, Paris.
His sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 4-5 May 1899, lot 116 (Ffr. 420).
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A. Robaut, L'oeuvre de Corot, catalogue raisonné et illustré, Paris, 1905, p. 14, no. 32, illustrated.
The present work is one of Corot's earliest recorded plein air studies. Corot kept the painting in his studio throughout his life, and appears to have used the composition in his much later painting, Dante et Virgile (A. Robaut, op. cit. no. 1099).
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