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COROT, Jean-Baptiste Camille (1796 - 1875)
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 39.4 x 67.9 cm
Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2442
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
The purpose of this painting is not to depict a story or a particular place but to capture an atmospheric effect. Corot has used brief brushstrokes to mimic the changing light. The soft silvery tones are heightened by subtle dashes of colour, for example in the figures’ caps. Corot’s techniques, achieved through the observation of nature, formed the foundation of Impressionist landscapes.