European Art: 19th Century

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Farm Building at Bois-Guillaume, near Rouen, c. 1823-1824

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

French, 1796-1875
Oil and pencil on paper, laid down on canvas
10 x 13 in. (25.3 x 33 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
M.2010.1.88.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Probably the earliest painting by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot in the United States, this intimate landscape reflects the artist's interest at a young age in portraying the rural French countryside. As in the landscapes of his friends Charles Daubigny and Théodore Rousseau, Corot was driven to faithfully portray the distinctive terrain of rural France. He was equally concerned with creating "landscapes of sentiment," paintings that had deep personal meaning. Indeed, the thatched roof farmhouse was Corot's home away from home during his adolescence, for it was occupied by Corot's guardian, M. Sennegon, while the young artist attended boarding school in nearby Rouen. The sensitively painted, light-flecked strucutre remained in Corot's life, as the artist's sister ultimately married M. Sennegnon's son.

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