Although Corot traveled extensively throughout France and Italy in search of motifs to paint, he frequently found subjects close at hand at his father’s estate in Villed’Avray, south of Paris. Corot painted the village from a variety of viewpoints—here, he positions himself at the edge of one of its ponds. He gives a hint of the rhythms of rural life with various figures scattered through the canvas—most notably, the peasant who gathers rushes from the edge of the pool. As is typical of Corot’s work, the painting displays a hazy, almost smoky atmosphere of silvery grays and greens.
- Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796-1875
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1865
- Dimensions: 20 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (52.7 x 81.9 cm) Frame: 28 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. (show scale)
- Signature: Signed bottom left: "COROT"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, South, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 51.10
- Credit Line: Gift of Charlotte R. Stillman
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875). Ville d'Avray, 1865. Oil on canvas, 20 3/4 x 32 1/4 in. (52.7 x 81.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charlotte R. Stillman, 51.10
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)