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Thatched Cottage in Normandy, c. 1872

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

French, 1796-1875
Oil on canvas
17-3/4 x 24-1/16 in. (45.1 x 61.2 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Jennifer Jones Simon
M.2002.01.P
© 2012 Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Even before taking the first of three highly influential trips to Italy at the age of twenty-nine, the Parisian born Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot had begun to paint the countryside around the city of Rouen, located in the coastal province of Normandy. As this exquisitely painted landscape testifies, Corot's attachment to the area would remain life long - the artist executed this painting just three years before his death at the late age of 79. By this time, advocates of the New Painting such as Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and Camille Pissaro would hail Père Corot as a forebear of their modern landscape experiements. However, unlike these Impressionists who painted entirely out-of-dors, Corot continued the tradition of the paysage composé, in which the artist makes his final version of a landscpae in the studio. In the case of Thatched Cottage in Normandy, archival photographs suggest that Corot subtly readjusted the composition of the modest farmhouse and its surrounding foliage to accomodate his own pictorial sensibilities.

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