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L'entrée du Chemin Creux by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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A stunning landscape by French master Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Key Features

  • Incredible detail and realism characterize this outstanding landscape by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
  • Corot's work is placed among the finest ever created during the 19th century
  • His use of the plein air technique allowed him to capture nature as no other artist has since
  • Corot used the contrast between light and shadow to give his compositions incomparable depth
  • Signed Corot (lower left); Oil on canvas
  • Canvas: 18 1/2" high x 24 1/2" wide; Frame: 29" high x 35" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C: 18 3/4 F: 29 Inches
  • Height:
    C: 25 1/4 F: 35 Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
  • Subject:
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
1796-1875 French

L'entrée du Chemin Creux

Signed "Corot" (lower left)
Oil on canvas

The evening sun settles in the horizon of this tranquil landscape by French master Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Regarded by many as the first Impressionist, his paintings bear anticipations of the plein air technique and "truth to nature" that the revolutionary movement sought to express. His work served as the inspiration for an entire generation of artists. Claude Monet said of him, "There is only one master here-Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing."

The painting, entitled L'entrée du Chemin Creux, has an impressive provenance; it was part of important French art collector Baron E. de Beurnonville's large collection in 1880. Later that decade, the painting entered American ownership and was widely exhibited in Providence, Rhode Island. It later belonged to Bruno Pagliai, an Italian entrepreneur, who was a close friend of Avila Camacho's and his successor, Miguel Aleman, both presidents of Mexico. Pagliai had an exquisite private art collection including works by El Greco, Botticelli, Van Dyck, Dali, Diego Rivera and Corot. He loaned our painting to the Mexico Museum of Art for many years. Indeed, works by Corot are held by important museum collections around the world, so to find one of such remarkable artistry with an impressive provenance and on the market is quite rare.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is considered the essential artistic link between the 18th and 19th centuries. Known for his incomparable landscapes, Corot's work is placed among the finest ever created during the 19th century. He received a classical education in Rouen before embarking upon an apprenticeship in the family textile trade. Painting was his true passion and he soon devoted his entire life to perfecting his skill. Corot studied first with Achille Etna Michallon and Jean-Victor Bertin, both pupils of the leading historical landscape painter Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. He visited the countryside of Rome and produced plein air studies, capturing the area's natural beauty and classical antiquity. His fresh, starkly lit renditions reflect the debate of the day that sought to reconcile classically inspired idealizations with closely observed depictions of light and climate.

He debuted at the Paris Salon in 1827 and continued to display there his entire life. As a result, many of these paintings were purchased by the state for provincial museums and by important collectors such as Emperor Napoleon III. For his enduring contribution to the arts, Corot was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1846 and an Officer in 1867. At the Munich International Exposition of 1869, he was made a Knight of the Order of St. Michael.

As seen in this extraordinary example, Corot's work shows great strength, purity and a deep understanding of the genre. His use of light and shadow breathes life into the canvas and gives the subject an exceptional dimension of realism. Corot was profoundly influential both upon his contemporaries and later generations of artists. Those who counted him as their greatest inspiration include Daubigny, Théodore Rousseau, Jean-François Millet, Gustave Courbet and Berthe Morisot. In his lifetime he was held in great esteem as a man as well as an artist for his noble and generous nature. He supported Jean-François Millet's widow, for example, and gave a cottage to the blind and impoverished Honoré Daumier.

Canvas: 25 1/4" high x 18 3/4" wide
Frame: 35" high x 29" wide

Select Artist's Museums:
Musée de Louvre, Paris
National Gallery, London
Neue Pinakothek, Munich
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art Institute of Chicago
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco

L'Oeuvre de Corot: Catalogue raisonné et illustré, 1965, Alfred Robaut
19th-Century Art, 1984, Robert Rosenblum and H.W. Janson

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