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Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
French (1796-1875)

Fontainebleau. Deux BĂ»cherons et un chĂȘne abattu
Oil on paper laid on canvas, 8 7/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Recent Acquisition

Note

This painting will be included in the forthcoming sixth supplement to the catalogue raisonné being compiled by Martin Dieterle and Claire Lebeau.

Description

Corot has applied the same concise plein air techniques he perfected in Italy when he returned to the Forest of Fontainebleau to seek among the ancient trees, massive rocks, and rolling topography, subjects for the large finished works he would create in his studio.

This is one of only some twenty known plein air studies Corot created during this period. The two woodcutters and an ancient fallen oak were used as the central point of interest for the larger composition of Fontainebleau –Un Gros Chêne Abattu (Ribot 268) completed in 1831, the year the artist first exhibited his Fontainebleau subjects at the Paris Salon. Through Corot’s keen observation of the monumental tree and candid pose of the figures, this work has a timeless, direct immediacy.

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