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View of Genzano with a Rider and Peasant

Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris )

Date:
1843 or later
Medium:
Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard
Dimensions:
7 1/4 x 11 1/2 in. (18.4 x 29.2 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Accession Number:
2009.400.30
  • Gallery Label

    Corot based the background of this small painting on a plein-air study of identical dimensions, View of Genzano (2009.400.29). In place of its empty foreground, however, he developed the composition by adding figures, a road, rocks, and trees. It is likely that Corot completed this landscape in the studio of his compatriot Achille Benouville (1815–1891), as a gift for Alexis-René Le Go (1798–1883), secretary of the French Academy in Rome.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower left): C. COROT.

  • Provenance

    the artist, Rome (reportedly given in 1843 to Le Go); Alexis-René Le Go, Rome and La Seyne-sur-Mer, Var (until d. 1883); Le Go family, by descent (sold to Hopkins-Thomas-Custot); [Galerie Hopkins-Thomas-Custot, Paris]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2002–9)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 91 (as "The Hills of Genzano with a Rider and Peasants").

    Copenhagen. Statens Museum for Kunst. "Turner and Romantic Nature," September 4, 2004–January 9, 2005, no. 52 (as "The Hills of Genzano with a Rider and a Peasant").

    New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "View of Genzano with a Rider and Peasant").

  • References

    Cara Dufour Denison in The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 198–99, no. 91, ill. (color), states that it was painted outdoors, probably in summer 1826, noting as well that the artist returned to Genzano in 1843; relates that "Corot presented this work to M. Alexis Le Go (1798–1883), whom Ingres had appointed librarian of the French Academy in gratitude for the care he received at the [Villa Medici, Rome], after a sudden illness".

    Kasper Monrad. Turner and Romantic Nature. Exh. cat., Statens Museum for Kunst. Copenhagen, 2004, pp. 91, 96, 244, no. 52, ill. (color), dates it about 1843; states that this painting's composition is based on MMA 2009.400.29, and that it was presumably completed in the studio, with the addition of details that give it a "clearer structure".

    Asher E. Miller in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2008–2010." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 68 (Fall 2010), pp. 47–49.

    Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, p. 111, no. 30, ill. (color), calls it "View of Genzano with a Rider and Peasants".

    John House. "Impressionism and the Open-Air Oil Sketch." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. New York, 2011, pp. 91–92, fig. 75A (color), notes that it is an elaboration of 2009.400.29, that it belongs to a category of "small canvases designed for commercial sale," and that "Corot considered [this work] suitable for sale".



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