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Described by one writer as “the very poet of landscape,” Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot captured serene prospects bathed in soft silvery light. He frequently painted, and stayed at, his family’s property in Ville d’Avray, in the countryside west of Paris. Here, he surveys the reedy edge of a pond, a glimpse of several buildings, and his characteristically wispy trees, all under an expanse of cloudy sky. Small figures are portrayed as part of the natural rhythms of rural life. Although he would have completed such a painting in his studio, Corot’s initial vantage point was directly behind the man he depicts cutting rushes in the foreground, subtly calling attention to the artist’s own labor taking place in the same space.
Oil on canvas
frame: 28 3/4 x 40 1/4 x 4 in. (73 x 102.2 x 10.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed bottom left: "COROT"
Gift of Charlotte R. Stillman
Prior to June 1883, provenance not yet documented; by June 12, 1883, acquired by Georges Dutfoy of Paris, France; between June 12, 1883 and 1887, provenance not yet documented; by 1897, acquired by Thomas E. Stillman of New York, NY; 1906, inherited from Thomas E. Stillman by Charlotte R. Stillman; 1951, gift of Charlotte R. Stillman to the Brooklyn Museum.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (Paris, France, 1796–1875, Paris, France). 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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