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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
FRENCH
L'ALLÉE VERTE
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 722,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
86
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
FRENCH
L'ALLÉE VERTE
Estimate
600,000800,000
LOT SOLD. 722,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Art including an Important Collection of Sculpture

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
1796 - 1875
FRENCH
L'ALLÉE VERTE

We would like to thank Martin Dieterle and Claire Lebeau for kindly confirming the authenticity of this work.


Provenance

Vente: Hoschedé, April 1875
M. G. Arosa (acquired at the above sale)
Vente: G. Arosa, 1878
Hollander and Cremetti, London (in 1898)
Ernest Hill (and sold: Sotheby's, London, June, 5, 1950, lot 73)
Leghorn, London (in 1952)
Salander O'Reilly, New York
Private Collector, Purchase, New York (acquired from the above in 1980)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Alfred Robaut, L'oeuvre de Corot, catalogue raisonné et illustré, Paris, 1965, vol. III, no. 1545, p. 108, illustrated p. 109

Catalogue Note

Corot is widely regarded as the fundamental link who bridged classical traditions of French landscape painting to the modern tenets of Impressionism.

By shedding the landscape of its anecdotal qualities and incidental meaning he reduced it and, somewhat paradoxically, elevated it to the concentrated study of light and form - a practice that would occupy artists at the turn of the century and later evolve into the pure pigment of painterly abstraction. As stated in the catalogue for the 1996 Corot retrospective, "artists from Delacroix to Courbet to Renoir to Picasso. wo know Corot's work well, stubbornly held it in the highest possible regard" (John P. O'Neill, Corot, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1996, p. xv).

However, Corot remains elusive to many historians and critics. While he saw his own plein-air paintings as existing outside of the canon of art history, a retrospective view says otherwise. Few works exemplify this as singularly as L'Allée Verte. It is, simply, a masterpiece - and a milestone in the development of modern art.

19th Century European Art including an Important Collection of Sculpture

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New York