The present work once belonged to the French financier, Ernest May, whose collection included old master and eighteenth-century pictures as well as significant works by Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. May appears as a central figure in Degas’ Portraits at the Stock Exchange (Musée d'Orsay, Paris).

Signature: Vente Corot stamp lower right

Paris, Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Oeuvres des grands maîtres du XIXe siècle, 1922, no. 18
Paris, Petit Palais, Paysage français de Poussin à Corot, May - June 1925, no. 62
Paris, Galerie Paul Rosenberg, Camille Corot, figures et paysages d'Italie, June 6–July 7, 1928, no. 12
Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Les artistes français en Italie, 1934, no. 78
Paris, Orangerie des Tuileries, Corot, 1936, no. 24
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Corot, 1946, no. 17
Musée de Dieppe, Corot, July - September, 1958, no. 11
Bern, Kunstmuseum, Corot, January - March 1960, no. 22
Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, L'Italia vista dai pittori francesi del XVIII e XIX secolo, 1961, no. 83 Paris,
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, Corot: An Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Prints, August 14-September 12, 1965; London, The National Gallery, October 1-November 7, 1965. Organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain in association with the Edinburgh Festival Society. Exh. cat by Cecil Gould, London, 1965, no. 14, illustrated.
Paris, A. Daber, Corot, 1965, no. 27
Galerie Schmit, Corot, May 12 - June 12, 1971, no. 10
Paris, Orangerie des Tuileries, Hommage à Corot, June - September, 1975, no. 33
Paris, Galerie Schmit, Corot dans les collections privées, April 24 - July 9, 1996

Alfred Robaut, L'oeuvre de Corot: catalogue raisonné et illustré, 1965, vol. II, p. 112, no. 317, illustrated p. 113

Estate of the artist (and sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, Vente Corot, May 29 - June 9, 1875, lot 80)
Collection Hector Brame
Ernest May, Paris (and sold, his sale June 4, 1890, lot 27)
Jacques Ernest-May, Paris
Christian Lazard, Paris
Private Collection (and sold: Piasa: Paris, December 8, 2004, lot 9, illustrated)
Galerie Schmit, Paris
Acquired from the above

About Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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.

French, 1796-1875, Paris, France, based in Paris, France