The Pond, Woman grazing Cows, Ca. 1865-70.
Oil on wooden panel., H. 0.40 m; W. 0.33 m
Signed lower left: COROT.
Provenance: Collection Niven.
Collection Marquis d’Advisard.
His sale: collection de M. X… Drouot, Paris, 18 June 1930, no.18, repr. p.13.
Private collection, France.
A. Schoeller and J. Dieterle, Premier supplément à l’œuvre de Corot par A. Robaut et Moreau-Nélaton, 1948, no.77, repr. p. 85.
Corot was trained by the famous landscape painters Achille-Etna Michallon and Jean-Victor Bertin and made an illustrious career as a landscape painter. Although he was a devoted student of paysage historique and deeply attached to the lessons of his masters, Corot was at the head of a modern movement of young landscapists of the 1830s and 1840s, called the Barbizon school. Unlike their predecessors of neoclassical landscape painting, Corot and his followers were looking in their native France for the charms that their teachers had found primarily in Italy. He introduced both realism and naturalism into landscape painting and started a modern landscape tradition in France. Corot’s art alone provides a bridge from the world of Neoclassicism to the world of Impressionism and he is regarded as the central figure of nineteenth century plein-air painting.
We are grateful to M. Martin Dieterle and Mrs Claire Lebeau for confirming the authenticity of the painting.