Houses near Orléans (Maisons aux Environs d'Orléans)

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Houses near Orléans (Maisons aux Environs d'Orléans)


Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796 - 1875)




about 1830


Oil on paper mounted on millboard


28.6 x 38.6 cm (11 1/4 x 15 3/16 in.)

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A countryside path cuts across a mustard-yellow field and slopes downward toward a small village. Under a cloudless sky, crisp, strong sunlight brightens a zigzag row of roofs and chimneys. Contrasting shadows are cast from rooftop to rooftop. In the right foreground, a less sharply defined verdant mass balances the geometrical order of the architecture.

During the summer of 1830, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot left his native Paris and traveled in northern and central France. The oil study was most likely produced during this sojourn. Corot painted the view in the out-of-doors. Scholars believe this work was not intended for exhibition or sale nor did it serve as a preliminary study for a larger picture. Instead, it is likely the work remained in Corot's studio as an exploration of the effects of light and nature on geometric architectural forms.

about 1830 - 1875

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796 - 1875 (Paris, France) [sold, Corot sale, part 2, May 31-June 4, 1875, lot 348 ("Maisons aux environs d'Orléans"), to Léon Chamouillet.]

1875 -

Léon Chamouillet, 1839 - 1933, by inheritance within the Chamouillet family.

- 2001

Chamouillet Family [sold, Hôtel des Ventes, Mayenne, France, March 25, 2001, to W. M. Brady & Co., Inc.]

2001 - 2002

W. M. Brady & Co., Inc. (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002.

Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800 (September 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009) (no cat.)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 23, 2008 to March 8, 2009
Corot in California (July 4 to October 11, 2009) (no cat.)
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, (Santa Barbara), July 4 to October 11, 2009

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Catalogue des tableaux, études, esquisses, dessins, et eaux-fortes par Corot [...]. May 26-June 9, 1875 p. 47, lot 348.

Robaut, Alfred, and Étienne Moreau-Nelaton. L'oeuvre de Corot [...] Catalogue raisonné et illustré, précédé de l'histoire de Corot et de ses oeuvres [...] (Paris: H. Floury, 1905; repr., Paris: Léonce Laget, 1965) vol. 2, p. 120, no. 342, ill.

Mayenne Hôtel des Ventes advertisement. La gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot, no. 11 (March 16, 2001) p. 194, ill.

W. M. Brady & Co. advertisement. The International Fine Art Fair (London: The International Fine Art Fair Ltd., 2002) p. 39, ill.

Josenhans, Frauke, and Mary Morton. Sur le motif: Painting in Nature around 1800, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008) unpaginated, fig. 6.

"Calendar." The Burlington Magazine 150, no. 1269 (December 2008) p. 860, fig. 62.

Pagel, David. "The Super Natural." Los Angeles Times (December 1, 2008) p. E2.

Josenhans, Frauke. "Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800." Getty Research Journal, no. 1 (2009) pp. 182-84, fig. 2.

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