30 October 2002
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF MARY SCHUYLER SHIEFFELIN
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
Souvenir de la Rotte, près Rotterdam
signed 'Corot' (lower left)
oil on canvas
20½ x 29½ in. (52 x 75 cm.)
Painted circa 1860-65
Georges Bernheim, Paris, 1872.
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (by 1875).
Knoedler & Co., New York (by 1912).
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A. Robaut, L'oeuvre de Corot catalogue raisonné et illustré, Paris, 1965, vol. III, pp. 166-7, no. 1686 (illustrated).
In 1854 Corot visited Holland with his friend and fellow painter Constant Dutilleux. This two-month sketching trip was meticulously recorded by Dutilleux in this journals of the period. Rotterdam was one city that Corot in fact revisited in September of the same year painting on the banks of the Meuse.
Corot's Souvenirs paintings were widely acknowledged to be some of his most moving and deeply poetic works. Painted in the 1860s, Souvenir de la Rotte près Rotterdam draws both from his memories of the city and his creative imagination. The sailboats as well as the Dutch style fishing cottages in the distance are motifs that Corot quoted from his trip. A beautiful twilight sky pushing through the dense foliage flanking the river creates a particularly atmospheric mood.
This work has been examined and authenticated by Martin Dieterle.
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