The Letter

Camille Corot French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 803

This work owes much of its character to the precedent of the eighteenth-century French painter Chardin. Yet the motif and handling also reflect an awareness of seventeenth-century Dutch painting, particularly Vermeer and de Hooch, whose works Corot could have seen during a trip to Holland in 1854. This picture was probably painted around the time Vermeer’s art was enjoying a revival of interest.

The Letter, Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris), Oil on wood

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