Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
Barque a la Rive, au Pied d’un Groupe d’arbres, Circa 1865-70
Oil on panel, 14 x 25 inches
Signed Corot lower right
18th century French Louis XIV frame
Private Collection, Seattle, Washington
This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a photo certificate from Martin Dieterle and Claire Lebeau.
Created in Corot’s mature “silvery” period, this classic composition exhibits a wealth of suggestion, evoking a mood of stillness and reverie that is both descriptive and poetic. All the nuances of touch, while furthering the structural relationships of the elements, also describe the effects of light.
In an earlier version of this subject the artist extended the central mass of trees to form a continuous screen, closing off the right side of the panel. In this example, Corot created a more open format, replacing the trees on the far right with a darkened sky, and on the left with a patch of blue. The result is a lighter, more animated work, illustrating Corot’s continual sense of invention.