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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Souvenir of Palluel

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Full title Souvenir of Palluel
Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made 1871
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 27 × 35 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Mrs Alice Bleecker, 1981
Inventory number NG6467
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Souvenir of Palluel
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

This view is one of a number painted by Corot during his stay in north-east France in the spring and summer of 1871. In May he stayed with his friend and fellow artist Alfred Robaut at Douai. Robaut later wrote that this work, painted in just a few hours, was a copy after one of his own sketches, faithful in all respects apart from the house at the right, which was added by Corot.

The village of Palluel lies directly south of Arleux-du-Nord in the valley of the Sensée river, which may be the expanse of water visible in the background. In the foreground a man sits in a flat-bottomed boat or punt, which is piled high with what are probably reeds. It is a marshy, watery landscape, where land and water have the same muted silvery tonality. The whole is very thinly painted, with the weave of the canvas visible throughout.

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