Ville d'Avray, Woodland Path Bordering the Pond

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)

Currently on View in H211
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During the first half of his career, Corot created paintings that combined the orderly, rational style of French Neoclassicism with a keen observation of nature that foreshadowed the Barbizon School.

This canvas, however, has the cool tonalities and soft focus of his late work. It was painted at his family property in Ville d'Avray, in the countryside west of Paris. In contrast to Impressionist pictures of the 1870s that show the objective depiction of natural light, Corot's paintings of this era capture an idealized reverie of nature bathed in the silvery light of a dream.

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Object Information

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
creation date
oil on canvas
19-3/4 x 24 in.
27 x 31-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Friends of Art
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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