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Back to Jean Baptiste Camille Corot: A Poetic Late Landscape at Jill Newhouse Gallery

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This jewel-like painting represents so much of what Corot valued in the poetry of landscape painting. It shows the play of blues and greens in sky, trees, and water; while a traveler, in his signature red cap, contemplates his journey ahead and the beauty of the landscape.

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This small, horizontal oil sketch of a horse and rider approaching a ford was made toward the end of Corot’s life, when the artist was in his mid-70s. The cavalier, or horseman, is a familiar motif within Corot’s oeuvre; similar figures appear in countless paintings, drawings, and clichés-verres, such as the Grand Cavalier sous bois of 1854. These figures served several purposes at once, …

This small, horizontal oil sketch of a horse and rider approaching a ford was made toward the end of Corot’s life, when the artist was in his mid-70s. The cavalier, or horseman, is a familiar motif within Corot’s oeuvre; similar figures appear in countless paintings, drawings, and clichés-verres, such as the Grand Cavalier sous bois of 1854. These figures served several purposes at once, animating the landscape, providing a sense of scale, and, as in the case of Rider Under a Tree, providing an element of subtle drama: how, we wonder, will the horse manage to cross the swiftly flowing stream? …