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Follower of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Seascape with Figures on Cliffs

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Full title Seascape with Figures on Cliffs
Artist Follower of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made 1890s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 21.6 × 36.8 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by the Misses Rachel F. and Jean I. Alexander; entered the Collection, 1972
Inventory number NG6416
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Seascape with Figures on Cliffs
Follower of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

This small painting of a girl in blue and a woman in a black coat standing on cliffs as they look out to sea was previously titled View over the Mediterranean. However, it has recently been proposed that this is a view of Trouville in Normandy, which was a popular destination for various artists including Boudin and Monet.

Although Corot went to Normandy three times in his early career, and also regularly visited the area towards the end of his life, it is unlikely that he painted this picture. Despite some similarity with his later Normandy paintings, the picture has little in common stylistically with known works by Corot and lacks the quality of his work. The absence of interaction between the two people on the shore and the rather crude painting in some areas, especially the sea, suggests this is instead the work of a follower or student of Corot.

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