Like Camille Corot, with whom he often sketched in the mid-1820s, Aligny executed oil studies out-of-doors, primarily as private exercises that were not intended for exhibition. This work, inscribed to his friend the artist Théophile-Emmanuel Duverger (1821–1898), is evidently an independent study. It is similar to other landscapes painted during the artist's sojourn in Italy in the mid-1830s.
Inscription: Signed with monogram and inscribed (on back): à l'ami Duverger[?] (to my friend Duverger[?]) / CA
?[Théophile Emmanuel] Duverger; [Jacques Fischer-Chantal Kiener, Paris, until 1989; sold to MMA]
Paris. Jacques Fischer-Chantal Kiener. "Peintures françaises du dix-neuvième siècle," November 23–December 20, 1988, no. 8 (as "Paysage").
New York. Colnaghi. "Claude to Corot: The Development of Landscape Painting in France," November 1–December 15, 1990, no. 62.
Peintures françaises du dix-neuvième siècle. Exh. cat., Jacques Fischer-Chantal Kiener. Paris, 1988, pp. 16–17, no. 8, ill., as "Paysage".
Marie-Madeleine Aubrun. Letter to Gretchen Wold. June 15,1989, states that this work is incontestably by Aligny, probably painted during the first decade of his production, adding that the depicted site could be in either Italy or France; notes that it is impossible to ascertain if this work is listed among those without illustrations in her 1988 catalogue raisonné of the artist.
Peter Galassi inClaude to Corot: The Development of Landscape Painting in France. Ed. Alan Wintermute. Exh. cat., Colnaghi. New York, 1990, p. 246, calls it "a study painted in the Forest of Fontainebleau in the 1830s" and "an exception in the work of Aligny".
Gary Tinterow inClaude to Corot: The Development of Landscape Painting in France. Ed. Alan Wintermute. Exh. cat., Colnaghi. New York, 1990, pp. 277–79, no. 62, colorpl. 62, calls it "an independent study . . . more finished than a sketch, but too realistic and too small for d'Aligny's exhibition standards"; relates it to drawings made in Italy in the mid-1830s, but adds that it "could have been made as late as the early 1840s, and the site could conceivably represent a location in France".