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Overall: 69.9 x 95.5 cm (27 1/2 x 37 5/8 in.) framed: 94 x 120.3 cm (37 x 47 3/8 in.)

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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Known for bridging the Neoclassic tradition of allegory set in nature with Realism and plein air practice, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot embarked on his artistic career by studying landscape painting. Although he initially struggled to gain acceptance in the establishment, Corot flourished as a landscapist, benefiting from multiple trips around Europe, especially Italy. His early oil sketches, painted outdoors and characterized by their bright colors, fluid brushstrokes, and prioritization of the expression of mood and atmosphere over topographical details, greatly influenced the Impressionists. In addition to poetic landscapes he painted portraits, and, seeking greater recognition at the Paris Salon, biblical and mythological scenes, which were considered the highest form of painting. Despite only moderate success in the Salon, his body of work earned accolades from the influential poet and critic Charles Baudelaire and fellow artists such as Eugène Delacroix.

High auction record
US$9.0m, Christie's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions
2019
Travels on PaperClark Art Institute
2016
All Means are SacredM WOODS
2015
Landscape Drawings in The Frick CollectionThe Frick Collection
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A View near Volterra, 1838

Oil on canvas
27 1/2 × 37 5/8 in
69.9 × 95.6 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Washington
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Overall: 69.9 x 95.5 cm (27 1/2 x 37 5/8 in.) framed: 94 x 120.3 cm (37 x 47 3/8 in.)

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Known for bridging the Neoclassic tradition of allegory set in nature with Realism and plein air practice, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot embarked on his artistic career by studying landscape painting. Although he initially struggled to gain acceptance in the establishment, Corot flourished as a landscapist, benefiting from multiple trips around Europe, especially Italy. His early oil sketches, painted outdoors and characterized by their bright colors, fluid brushstrokes, and prioritization of the expression of mood and atmosphere over topographical details, greatly influenced the Impressionists. In addition to poetic landscapes he painted portraits, and, seeking greater recognition at the Paris Salon, biblical and mythological scenes, which were considered the highest form of painting. Despite only moderate success in the Salon, his body of work earned accolades from the influential poet and critic Charles Baudelaire and fellow artists such as Eugène Delacroix.

High auction record
US$9.0m, Christie's, 2018
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, J. Paul Getty Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art
Selected exhibitions (3)
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