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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Wood Gatherer

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Full title The Wood Gatherer
Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made perhaps 1865-70
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 45.7 × 64.1 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2626
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Wood Gatherer
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

This landscape is one of a number painted by Corot in his later years, which combine a foreground of trees and figures, a lake or sea at the right, and in the left background sunlit buildings descending a hillside. Corot would interweave elements from different locations, juxtaposing views of such places as the lake at Ville-d’Avray with features of the Italian landscape, using earlier paintings or drawings as reference points. The background buildings, as here, are often reminiscent of the towns he had seen during his three visits to Italy.

In the foreground the wood gatherer’s orange hat is typical of the bright accents that Corot introduced into his landscapes. The same colour has been used to pick out flowers in the grass. Also characteristic of the artist’s technique is the treatment of the sky, which he painted at a late stage, bringing it down over the buildings and around and over the foliage of the trees.

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