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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Oak in the Valley

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Full title The Oak in the Valley
Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made 1871
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 39.8 × 52.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Mrs Alice Bleecker, 1981
Inventory number NG6466
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Oak in the Valley
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

This view was one of several pictures that Corot painted in May 1871, when he was staying with his friend Alfred Robaut in Douai. While many of the pictures are of specific sites, this particular view has not been identified and was probably painted in the studio.

The handling, particularly of the tree and foliage, is very typical of Corot’s late style, and the paint varies greatly in thickness. Corot used the handle-end of the brush to scratch the forms of grasses into the paint in the right foreground and at a late stage added a series of bright olive-green highlights, for example along the bottom edge. The characteristic red hat worn by the man on the left of the group adds a contrasting note of bright colour in the green landscape.

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