Farm Building at Bois-Guillaume, near Rouen

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
c. 1823-1824
Oil and pencil on paper, laid down on canvas 
10 x 13 in. (25.3 x 33 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

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.


Corot estate (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 26 May 1875, lot 244, as Aux environs de Rouen, chaumière, bought-in by);
Jules Chamouillet (the artist’s grandnephew).
Probably John Dix Coffin (1885-1961) New York and Quebec, to;
[Manhattan Gallery, New York, sold April, 1964 to];
[Wildenstein & Co., New York, sold May 1964 to];
[Paul Brame].
(Sale, London, Christie’s, 6 April 1976, lot 9, ill., as Chaumiere à Bois-Guillaume, près Rouen, to);
Norton Simon, by bequest to;
Jennifer Jones Simon Art Trust, to;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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