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Ville d'Avray

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

European Art

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.
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
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Charlotte R. Stillman
    PROVENANCE 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.
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    CAPTION 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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