Thatched Cottage in Normandy

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
c. 1872
Oil on canvas 
17-3/4 x 24-1/16 in. (45.1 x 61.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Painted near the end of Corot’s career, this landscape was first exhibited at his posthumous retrospective in 1875. The thatched cottage and white-coiffed peasant women belong to the countryside of Normandy, where the aging artist had made several stops during a whirlwind journey across France in 1872. He would have completed this canvas, working from sketches and from memory, back in his Paris studio. Somewhat unusually for Corot, the foreground figures were not added last to lend scale to the building and trees but planned from the beginning and left in reserve, true protagonists of the picture.


The artist, sold for Ff 2,000 to;
Beugniet, Paris.
Guibert, by at least 1875 to at least 1878.
John Saulnier, Bordeaux (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 5 June 1886, lot 22, ill., as “Paysage: Ferme normande. Environs d’Yport,” for Ff 18,000 to);
Professor Dieulafoy (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 21 June 1928, lot 5, ill., as “La Ferme normande aux trois commères,” to);
[Paul Rosenberg, Paris].
Laulitier, Paris.
Max Silberberg, Breslau, by 1930 (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 9 June 1932, lot 15, ill., as “La ferme normande aux trois commères,” for Ff 181,500 to);
Mme. Beredit (possibly meant to indicate the following);
Mme. Léon Berard.
Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968), London and Dublin, October 1936 (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 4 May 1960, lot 50, as “La ferme Normande aux trois commères,” bought-in); (sale, London, Sotheby’s, 28 June 1967, lot 4, ill., as “La Ferme Normande aux Trois Commères [Etretat ou Yport],” to);
[Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York, sold 23 February 1968 to];
Norton Simon, by bequest 1993 to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, gift 2002 to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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