- Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
- L'Allée Verte
- signed COROT (lower left)
- oil on canvas
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
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.