Landscape with a Piping Shepherd

Claude (Claude Gellée) Lorrain (French, 1600-1682)
c. 1629-32
Oil on canvas 
25-3/4 x 37-1/2 in. (65.4 x 95.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Claude Lorrain was one of the great masters of the ideal landscape. He developed a style that was neither so heroic nor so classical as Poussin's, but capable of expressing both a more poetic mood and a livelier sense of the variety and beauty of nature. The keynote of this style is the treatment of atmosphere and light.

Here, the cool light of early morning is represented with great subtlety. The light in Claude's paintings usually emanates from the area of the sky just above the horizon so that we seem to look directly into it; spreading forward and outward through the composition, it permeates the whole landscape with its radiance and links foreground and background in a continuous spatial unity. The result is the idyllic, pastoral mood that so aptly characterizes Claude's landscapes.


William Sloane Stanley, London; by 1828, ?by inheritance to his wife;
Mrs. Sloane Stanley, Portland Place (sale, London, Christie's, 21 April 1888, lot 8, as A woody landscape with figures and animals on a road, for gns. 42 to);
Martin Colnaghi.
Earl of Midleton, Peper Harow, London.
[Frank T. Sabin, London, sold 1947 to];
[Newhouse Galleries, New York, stock no. 14206, sold 1947 to];
Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, Texas, sold 4 May 1967 to;
[Newhouse Galleries, New York, consigned 7 October 1968 to];
[Frederick Mont, New York, returned 9 October 1968 to];
[Newhouse Galleries, New York, stock no. 17820, offered 1 May 1969 and subsequently sold 5 June 1969 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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