Italian Landscape (Site d'Italie, Soleil Levant)

Object Details

Title:

Italian Landscape (Site d'Italie, Soleil Levant)

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1835

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Dimensions:

63.5 x 101.3 cm (25 x 39 7/8 in.)

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Composed from memories and from drawings made during Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's travels in Italy, this view is probably a pendant to Landscape with Lake and Boatman, which was shown at the Paris Salon of 1839. First purchased by different collectors, scholars thought the canvases were lost for several decades, until they were offered to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1984. The two paintings depict ideal Italian views that contrast different times of day, emulating the works of Corot's seventeenth-century countryman Claude Lorrain.

The golden morning light bathes this landscape of singing and dancing peasants with antique ruins in the background. To the left, picturesque cows wade in the reflective water, and a contemporary townscape appears in the distance. Like Lorrain, Corot presented a utopian setting in which ancient and modern culture coexist in lyrical harmony.

Provenance
1839 - 1842

Ferdinand-Philippe, duc d'Orléans, 1810 - 1842, purchased from the artist at the 1839 Salon; by inheritance to his wife, Hélène de Mecklembourg, 1842.

1842 - 1853

Hélène de Mecklembourg, duchesse d'Orléans, 1814 - 1858 [sold, d'Orléans sale, Bonnefons de Lavialle, Paris, January 18, 1853, lot 12, to Saint Agnan Boucher.]

1853 - 1893

Saint Agnan Boucher (Paris, France), by inheritance to his wife, Anaïs Sophie Périac Boucher, 1893.

1893 - 1903

Anaïs Sophie Périac Boucher, by inheritance to her nephews, Maurice and Roger Périac.

1903 -

Maurice Périac

1903 -

and Roger Périac

by 1909 -

Galerie Bernheim Jeune (Paris, France)

by 1914 - still in 1954

Julien Bessonneau (Angers, France)

- 1984

B. G. Verte (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivans [...] 1839 (1839) (Cat. 403)
  • Musée du Louvre, (Paris), 1839
Exhibition of the Société des amis des arts de Bordeaux (November 1852 to January 1853) (Cat. 117)
  • Société des Amis des Arts de Bordeaux, November, 1852 to January, 1853
Art français: Exposition d'art décoratif contemporain, 1800-1885 (1914) (Cat. 11; possibly Getty painting)
  • Grosvenor House, (London), 1914
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