Corot lived in Italy from 1825 to 1828 but painted this picture over a decade later, back in Paris, from memory and imagination. He turned for inspiration (and competition) to the 17th-century master Claude Lorrain, father of French classical landscape, who had spent his career in Italy. With its goatherd and flock, its trees, water and distant citadel all bathed in golden light, this picture is among the most compelling products of Corot’s engagement with Claude. He likely exhibited it at the Paris Salon of 1839, and although his own style took a more distinctive, modern turn in the 1840s, he remained true to the old master’s methods.
- Artist Name: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
- Title: Site in Italy
- Date: 1839
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dimensions: 21-1/4 x 32 in. (54 x 81.3 cm)
- Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Donald Ellis Simon
- Accession Number: F.1971.1.2.P
- Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation
Louis Sarlin, Paris, by 1910 (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2 March 1918, lot 8, ill., as Lac d'Italie, signed lower right; sale did not take place, sold en bloc to;)
Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen;
[Georges Bernheim et Cie, Paris, by 1928].
?[Paul Rosenberg, Paris].
Alphonse Kann (1868-1948), Saint Germain-en-Laye.
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, sold May, 1963 to;]
[E.V. Thaw & Co., New York, sold 8 July 1963 to;]
Donald Ellis Simon, Los Angeles, gift 1971 to;
The Norton Simon Foundation.
- Paris, 1839 to
Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, cat. 150 p. 263
Morse, John D., Old Master Paintings in North America, p. 62
Robaut, Alfred, L'Oeuvre de Corot, no. 371 p. 137
Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, p. 116
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