Property from a Private Collection, Germany
1796 - 1875
Lisière de bois en Limousin
signed COROT lower right
oil on canvas
Unframed: 38.5 by 56cm., 15¼ by 22in.
Framed: 59.5 by 76cm., 23½ by 30in.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Martin Dieterle and Claire Lebeau.
The canvas has an old relining. The paint surace has a thinned appearance overall, possibly relating to cleaning the past. Ultra-violet light reveals strokes of retouching along the framing edges, and possible old strokes of strengthening in the sky which fluoresce faintly; over the lower half the varnish layers fluoresce more opaquely, making the surface difficult to read.
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Painted circa 1845-50, according to Martin Dieterle.
The late 1840s and early 1850s marked a new chapter in Corot's life. Following the death of his father in 1847, Corot began making annual painting trips within France, and although these are not well documented, they included several visits to the Limousin, the subject of the present work. Rather than a literal rendering of a specific site, the present work may well be a souvenir - a potetic vision conjured up from his memories.