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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Souvenir of a Journey to Coubron

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Full title Souvenir of a Journey to Coubron
Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made 1873
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 32.4 × 46 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2631
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Souvenir of a Journey to Coubron
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

The marshy pond in the left foreground blends into land rising to a small hill on the right, where two buildings are nestled behind a row of tall trees. In 1867 Corot made the first of many visits to Coubron, which lies to the east of Paris. During a visit in April 1873 he made a sketch in the nearby woods, from which he painted this view a month later, while staying in Ville-d’Avray.

It was not unusual for Corot to paint landscapes as souvenirs in this way, particularly during his later years. The handling is also typical of his late style. The landscape has an extremely thin first layer in grey-green, with the texture of the canvas showing throughout. The foliage has been rendered with a mass of horizontal strokes in milky greys and greens, creating the shimmering surface which is so characteristic of his mature work.

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