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The Pond

COROT, Jean-Baptiste Camille (1796 - 1875)

The Pond

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.

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