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Ville d'Avray

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

European Art

Shortly after arriving in Paris in 1858, Oller became highly inspired by the out-of-doors painting of Camille Corot and other members of the Barbizon school. Corot painted this landscape of Ville d’Avray, a village south of Paris where his father had an estate, from the edge of one of its ponds. He gives a hint of the rhythms of rural life with various figures scattered throughout, most notably the peasant in the central foreground. Corot’s painting displays a hazy, almost smoky atmosphere of silvery grays and greens.

Oller employed similar pictorial devices in the nearby French Landscape, which he too painted from the water’s edge and bathed in a silvery light.

Poco después de su llegada a París en 1858, Oller encontró una gran inspiración en la pintura al aire libre de Camille Corot y en la de otros miembros de la Escuela de Barbizon. Corot pintó este paisaje desde la orilla de uno de los estanques de la Ville d’Avray, un pueblo al sur de París, donde su padre tenía una hacienda. En esta pintura, él nos da una idea de los ritmos de la vida rural mediante varias figuras dispersas alrededor, notablemente con el campesino en el primer plano central. La pintura de Corot presenta una atmósfera brumosa, casi nublada, de grises plateados y verdes.

Oller empleó herramientas pictóricas similares en la pintura cercana, Paisaje francés, el cual él también pintó desde el borde del agua, bañándolo de una luz plateada.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES 1865
    DIMENSIONS frame: 28 3/4 x 40 1/4 x 4 in. (73 x 102.2 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed bottom left: "COROT"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 51.10
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Charlotte R. Stillman
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    CAPTION Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875). Ville d'Avray, 1865. Oil on canvas, frame: 28 3/4 x 40 1/4 x 4 in. (73 x 102.2 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Charlotte R. Stillman, 51.10 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.10_SL1.jpg)
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