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ID number:  BIRBI-70.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille (1796-1875)
Title / Object name:  Landscape with Distant Mountains
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  French
Date made:  early 1840s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  18 x 29.8 cm unframed; 32.1 x 43.7 x 2.7cm framed
Provenance:  Acquired at Corot's posthumous sale by the artist Henri Fantin-Latour, 26-28 May 1875 (lot 396); Stanley W. Sykes; purchased from the Hazlitt Gallery in 1970 for £8,500.

This is one of numerous small informal studies that Corot painted on the spot throughout his life. One such as this would have taken no more than a single session to complete. He made them as private exercises which might provide inspiration for larger studio compositions. The studies were not for sale and this example typically remained in Corot’s studio at his death.

The panoramic landscape has not been identified. It was probably painted in a mountainous district of central France, perhaps the Auvergne or the Limousin.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Sale stencil I.r.: VENTE COROT

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Loan collection of pictures illustrative of the evolution of painting from the XVIIth century to the present day', Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, UK, 1925, cat. no. 32; 'Corot', South Bank Centre, London, UK, 1991, no.23; 'Corot', Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, 19 May 1991 - 30 June 1991; 'Corot', Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, UK, 06 July 1991 - 18 August 1991; 'The Road to Impressionism', Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK, 02 November 2002 - 26 January 2003, p.16

1 Related Publications

L'oeuvre de Corot
Robaut, A.

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