Landscape in Latium with Farm Laborers

Object Details

Title:

Landscape in Latium with Farm Laborers

Artist/Maker(s):

Claude Lorrain (Claude Gellée) (French, 1604 or 1605 ? - 1682)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1660 - 1663

Medium:

Pen and brown ink, brown wash, and black chalk

Dimensions:

22.4 x 36.2 cm (8 13/16 x 14 1/4 in.)

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Landscape painter Claude Lorrain rarely depicted scenes of everyday life. In this drawing set in central Italy, he expressed his interest in landscape by patterning the arrangement of figures on the lines of the mountainous background. In this expansive view, the jagged outlines of layered mountains echo the uneven row of workers turning the soil under an overseer's keen supervision. Pentimenti over the mountain peak at left show that Claude lowered its height to open the upper third of the sheet to sky. His spontaneity in rendering this scene suggests that it was probably sketched on the spot.

Claude used both paper and chalk to infuse the scene with his characteristic atmospheric effects. Allowing the paper to show through, he succinctly sketched in the distant landscape with black chalk to contrast with the foreground's more sharply defined pen and wash.

Provenance

Brunet collection (France)

Sir Thomas Lawrence, British, 1769 - 1830, (Lugt 2445)

William Esdaile, British, 1758 - 1837, (Lugt 2617)

June 30, 1840

Christie's (London), lot 38 (Esdaile sale)

Dr. Henry Wellesley (Oxford)

June 25, 1866

Sotheby's (London), lot 1016 (Wellesley sale)

Private Collection (Switzerland)

Art Market (Boston)

Exhibitions
One Hundred Original Drawings by Claude Lorrain and Nicholas Poussin, collected by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1835) (40)
  • Lawrence Gallery, (London), 1835
French Master Drawings (December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992) (40)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 3, 1991 to February 16, 1992
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992) (40)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (27)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (100)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Drawn Toward Nature: Landscapes and Gardens in Ancién-Regime France (June 13 to August 27, 1995) (100)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 13 to August 27, 1995
Landscape Drawings 1500 - 1900 (June 9 to August 23, 1998) (100)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 9 to August 23, 1998
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001) (100)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
Work and Play: Everyday Life in Drawings; 1520 - 1820 (July 31 to October 14, 2001) (100)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 31 to October 14, 2001
Capturing Nature's Beauty: Three Centuries of French Landscapes (July 28 to November 1, 2009) (100)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 28 to November 1, 2009