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The Path of Nature: Scenic Routes


A Lane through the Trees

Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris )

ca. 1870–73
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number:
  • Gallery Label

    Probably painted about 1870–73, this landscape demonstrates Corot's continued attention to capturing naturalistic effects of light, even while rendering foliage in an abbreviated language of soft brushstrokes.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower right): COROT

  • Provenance

    Salomon Goldschmidt, Paris (until 1898; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 14, 16–17, 1898, no. 7, as "Allée sous bois," for Fr 43,500); Benjamin Altman, New York (until d. 1913)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Taste of the Seventies," April 2–September 10, 1946, no. 79.

    Little Rock. Arkansas Arts Center. "Five Centuries of European Painting," May 16–October 26, 1963, unnumbered cat.

    Iowa City. University of Iowa Gallery of Art. "Impressionism and Its Roots," November 8–December 6, 1964, no. 14.

    Nashville. Fisk University Museum of Art. "100 Years of European Painting," April 28–June 10, 1965, unnum. checklist.

    Tokyo National Museum. "Treasured Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," August 10–October 1, 1972, no. 94.

    Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Treasured Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 8–November 26, 1972, no. 94.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Barbizon: French Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century," February 4–May 10, 1992, no catalogue.

    Fort Lauderdale. Museum of Art. "Corot to Cézanne: 19th Century French Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," December 22, 1992–April 11, 1993, no catalogue.

  • References

    Alfred Robaut. L'Œuvre de Corot: Catalogue raisonné et illustré. [reprint 1965]. Paris, 1905, vol. 3, pp. 278–79, no. 2103, ill., calls it "Allée sous bois (Une femme et un enfant au premier plan à gauche)" and dates it 1870–73.

    B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "Modern Paintings in the Altman Bequest." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 9 (December 1914), pp. 252–53, ill., calls it "The Road of the Trees" or "L'Allée des arbres".

    François Monod. "La Galerie Altman au Metropolitan Museum de New-York (2e article)." Gazette des beaux-arts, 5th ser., 8 (November 1923), p. 312 n. 1.

    "Current Art Notes." Connoisseur 82 (October 1928), p. 123, ill. p. 117.

    Frank Seiberling. Impressionism and Its Roots. Exh. cat., University of Iowa Gallery of Art. Iowa City, [1964], pp. 4, 17, no. 14, ill.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 67–68, ill., call this example of Corot's late technique "almost impressionistic".

    Alfred Werner. "The Versatile Genius of Corot." American Artist 39 (June 1975), ill. p. 42 (color).

    Roger Hurlburt. "Free Spirits." Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) (December 20, 1992), p. 4D.

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