Rebecca at the Well
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
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In the book of Genesis, Abraham sends his servant Eliezer out to find a bride for his son Isaac. Eliezer comes upon Rebecca, a stranger, who draws water from a well for him and all his camels. Recognizing her kindness, he identifies her as a suitable bride for Isaac and gives her a ring as a token of gratitude. Nicolas Poussin, progenitor of the French classical tradition, famously painted the encounter of Rebecca and Eliezer in the seventeenth century (a picture today in the Louvre), and many artists followed suit. But in this succinct treatment of the story, Corot included only Rebecca, waiting with her jug beside the well, no ring in evidence. Seated on the ground, she looks up expectantly, as if just catching sight of Eliezer.


  • Artist Name: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
  • Title: Rebecca at the Well
  • Date: 1838-1839
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 19-3/4 x 29-1/4 in. (50.2 x 74.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1972.21.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Chailloux, 1883.
Manzi, Paris.
[Alphonse Portier, Paris, 1890];
Paul Gallimard, Paris.
Jules Strauss (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 3 May 1902, lot 12, ill., as Rébecca à la fontaine, for Ff 9,000, to);
Nicolas Auguste Hazard to;
Julie Pauline Hazard (d.1919; sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit,1-3 December 1919, lot 75, ill., as Rebecca, for Ff 35,000 to;);
[Bernheim-Jeune et Cie, Paris, stock no. 21.800, sold 7 March 1923 to;]
David David-Weill, Paris; by 1920 or 36-1958.
[Galerie Schmit, Paris by 1971; sold, as Rebecca, 24 April 1972 to] ;
The Norton Simon Foundation.

Exposition d'oeuvres de Camille J.-B. Corot (1796-1875): Figures et paysages d'Italie au profit de la Bibliothèque d'art & d'archéologie de l'Université de Paris

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  • Moreau-Nélaton, Étienne, Corot: Raconté par lui-même,fig. 281 p. 158
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  • Zimmerman, Antje, Studien zum Figurenbild bei Corot,n. 145, no. 104, pl. 104 pp. 91, 272
  • Fosca, François, L'Amour de l'Art, p. 161
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best,2010, cat. 814 p. 341
  • Exum, J. Cheryl, Bible Review, pp. 62-63
  • Meier-Græfe, Julius, Corot, p. 58
  • Morse, John D., Old Master Paintings in North America,1979, p. 62
  • Selz, Jean, La vie et l'oeuvre de Camille Corot, p. 126
  • Faure, Élie, Corot,fig. 24
  • Robaut, Alfred, Carton,fol. 6
  • Robaut, Alfred, L'Oeuvre de Corot,no. 382
  • Fosca, François, Corot: Sa vie et son oeuvre,fig. 30
  • Robaut, Alfred, L'Oeuvre de Corot,
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum,1989, p. 115
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