The Oak in the Valley

Corot painted numerous landscapes around Douai in the Artois region of north-east France. This is one of five paintings in the National Gallery started during a trip there in 1871. It was painted in May of that year when Corot was a guest of his friend and biographer, Alfred Robaut. The bright red note of the man's cap is a common motif in Corot's later landscapes.

Key facts

Artist dates
1796 - 1875
Full title
The Oak in the Valley
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
39.8 x 52.8 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs Alice Bleecker, 1981
Inventory number
Location in Gallery