Landscape with Lake and Boatman

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Landscape with Lake and Boatman


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






Oil on canvas


62.5 x 102.9 cm (24 5/8 x 40 1/2 in.)

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After a long day, a solitary boatman poles his boat ashore across the water's placid surface. An array of colors--citron, lavender, turquoise, and rose--fills the sky as the sun slowly sets. Light reflects against the trees, turning the edges and foliage yellow-orange; the pool of water shimmers with reflections. The dramatically colored backlighting and the tiny, lone man create a sense of melancholy and longing that appealed to the Romantic critics of the time.

Composing from memories and from drawings made during his travels in Italy, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot painted this view for the Paris Salon of 1839. It may be a pendant to Italian Landscape, which he painted the same year. Until they were offered to the Getty Museum in 1984, scholars thought both paintings were lost. The two paintings depict ideal Italian views that contrast different times of day, emulating the works of Corot's seventeenth-century countryman Claude Lorrain.

- 1872

Moïse Millaud, 1813 - 1871 (Paris, France) [sold, Millaud sale, Vignals, Paris, May 27-29, 1872, lot 1 ("Paysage; soleil couchant")]

- 1875

Possibly Private Collection [sold, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 8, 1875, lot 43 ("Coucher de soleil au lac d'Albano; campagne de Rome")]

- 1878

Laurent-Richard [sold, Laurent-Richard sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 23, 1878, lot 5 ("Le Soir")]


Possibly Vernon

- 1882

Georges Moreau-Chaslon (Paris, France) [sold, Moreau-Chaslon sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 6, 1882, lot 13 ("Coucher de soleil, sur le lac d'Albano")]


Possibly Count Armand-François-Paul Desfriches-Doria, 1824 - 1896, possibly by inheritance to his son, Paul Prudent François Doria.

before 1946

Count François Doria, 1853 - 1935 (Château d'Orrouy, France), by inheritance within the Doria family.

- 1984

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

Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artistes vivans [...] 1839 (1839) (Cat. 404)
  • Musée du Louvre (Paris), 1839
Ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, dessin et lithographie, des auteurs vivants (1839) (ex cat.; possibly Getty painting)
  • Musée de Nantes, 1839
Exposition retrospective de tableaux et dessins des maîtres modernes (1878) (Cat. 128; possibly Getty painting)
  • Durand-Ruel & Cie (Paris), 1878
The Rise of Landscape Painting in France: Corot to Monet (January 29, 1991 to March 29, 1992) (Cat. 15)
  • IBM Gallery (New York), July 30 to September 28, 1991
  • Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas), November 10, 1991 to January 5, 1992
  • High Museum of Art (Atlanta), January 28 to March 29, 1992
Corot (February 28, 1996 to January 19, 1997) (Cat. 75)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais (Paris), February 28 to May 27, 1996
  • National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), June 21 to September 22, 1996
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), October 22, 1996 to January 19, 1997
Corot: Naturaleza, emoción, recuerdo / Corot: Natura, emozione, ricordo (June 7, 2005 to January 8, 2006) (Cat. 34 / 27)
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), June 7 to September 11, 2005
  • Palazzo dei Diamanti (Ferrara), October 9, 2005 to January 8, 2006
Turner to Monet: The Triumph of Landscape Painting (March 14 to June 9, 2008) (Cat. 22)
  • National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), March 14 to June 9, 2008

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Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Trente-quatre tableaux par Alexandre Couder et tableaux modernes. May 8, 1875 p. 15, lot 43 (possibly Getty painting).

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Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Catalogue de tableaux modernes et de tableaux anciens composant la collection Laurent-Richard. May 23-25, 1878 p. 7, lot 5.

Exposition retrospective de tableaux et dessins des maîtres modernes, exh. cat. (Paris: Galeries Durand-Ruel, 1878) p. 22, no. 128 (possibly Getty painting).

Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Catalogue de tableaux modernes [...] formant la collection de M. Moreau-Chaslon. February 6, 1882 p. 9, lot 13.

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Brettell, Richard R., and Stephen F. Eisenman. Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum. Vol. 1 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006) p. 100, under no. 21, fig. 21a.

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