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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 'Dardagny, Morning', 1853

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Full title Dardagny, Morning
Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made 1853
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 26 × 47 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by William Edward Brandt, Henry Augustus Brandt, Walter Augustus Brandt and Alice Mary Bleecker in memory of Rudolph Ernst Brandt, 1963
Inventory number NG6339
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Dardagny, Morning
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

A woman wearing a long dark dress and yellow straw hat stands next to a cow on a path which draws the viewer into the landscape. Long shadows are cast by the bushes and tree on the left. In the background the lavender blue hills of the Jura descend from left to right. The view is near Dardagny, a village in Switzerland west of Geneva.

Corot visited Switzerland more than any other country in Europe. In 1852 he was there in the company of the painters Armand Leleux and Charles-François Daubigny. When he returned the following year he stayed during July and August with Leleux’s parents-in-law in Dardagny. This view, with its fields full of ripe corn, was almost certainly painted then. Corot would have started the painting in the open air, perhaps adding such details as the figure and the cow back in the studio.

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