Gessate in the Province of Milan

Attributed to Camille Corot French

Not on view

Camille Corot drew all his life and, to this day, thousands of sheets bear his attribution, not all of which are autograph. This confident pencil drawing was made during the artist’s second trip to Italy in the summer and autumn of 1834. He traveled with the French painter Jean-Charles-Denis Grandjean to Genoa, Florence, Venice, and Milan. As the inscription notes, the drawing transcribes the furnaces or factories of Gessate in the southern region of the province of Milan. The artist quite obviously drew this tourist destination from life.
As Corot’s sketchbook from the 1834 trip to Italy includes drawings by other artists, this view may, in fact, belong to one of his contemporaries.

Gessate in the Province of Milan, Attributed to Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris), Pencil on off-white wove paper

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