Lot 79
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JEAN-BAPTISTE-CAMILLE COROT | Italian landscape in the Roman campagna, with haystacks at left and a farm on the hill to the right

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60,000 - 80,000 USD
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Description

  • Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
  • Italian landscape in the Roman campagna, with haystacks at left and a farm on the hill to the right
  • oil on canvas
  • 7 1/4  by 13 1/2  in.; 18.4 by 34.3 cm.

Provenance

Private collection, France;
With Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna;
There acquired by the present collector. 

Literature

M. Dieterle and C. Lebeau, Corot: Sixième Supplément, Paris 2018, p. 21, cat. no. 18, reproduced. 

Catalogue Note

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is one of the most important landscape painters in 19th century France.  His style absorbed that of the 17th century masters Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin while anticipating the Impressionist landscapes of the later 19th century.  Corot's small-scale canvases, such as the present example, would have been painted en plein air, a technique that was rarer at the time but later embraced with enthusiasm by the Impressionists.  Though at the time he used these oil sketches as preparatory works, his remarkable sense of light and soft, loose brushwork give them an air of modernity which makes them as appealing to today's viewer as his more finished compositions. 

Though the artist was primarily based in Paris, the warm light in the present painting places the landscape in the Roman campagna. Corot traveled in Italy several times: in 1825, 1834 and 1843. Dieterle and Lebeau date the painting to 1827-28, at the end of his first trip to the country (see Literature). 
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