2 May 2001
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
Près Gisors: Saulaie et rivière, effet du matin
signed 'Corot' (lower left); and stamped with vente seal (on the reverse).
oil on paper laid down on canvas
9 7/8 x 17¾ in. (25 x 45 cm.)
Painted circa 1860
The Artist's studio sale; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 26-28 May 1875, lot 202.
Mr. Ishingham (acquired at the above sale).
Rev. and Mrs. Frottingham, Boston (by 1889).
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1904 (gift from the above).
Lock Galleries, New York.
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A. Robaut, L'Oeuvre de Corot, catalogue raisonné et illustré, Paris, 1965, vol. II, pp. 306-7, no. 1002 (illustrated).
Corot commonly depicted life in the countryside in the early morning hours. Painted around 1860, Corot achieves a particularly beautiful atmospheric effect through his subtle blending of various shades and his attention to rich tonal contrasts. He has given a particular emphasis on the tree in the center right of the composition whose long branches dwarf the figures below.
This work has been examined and authenticated by Martin Dieterle.
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