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
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