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Full title Summer Morning
Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made about 1855-60
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 22.9 x 34.3 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917, The National Gallery, London. In partnership with Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
Inventory number NG3238
Location On loan to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Collection Main Collection
Summer Morning
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

The pond which takes up the foreground probably lies in the grounds of the tall building glimpsed at the extreme right, perhaps a mill or château. Beyond an open gate lies an unseen road or lane bordered by a hedge, and further in the distance stands a higher bank of trees. At the left, the woman herding the cow trails her stick along the path.

The scene is bathed in a soft, hazy light, the greens of the bushes and trees muted and silvery. The handling and low-keyed tonality are typical of Corot’s style from the 1850s onwards, when bright colour and crisp outlines were replaced by shimmering brushwork and pearly colouration.

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