Although he painted biblical and mythological subjects, as well as portraits, Corot is recognized above all as one of the supreme masters of the nineteenth-century landscape. His plein-air (out of doors) technique taught him to appreciate the changing effects of light, which can be seen to great advantage in this painting. The atmospheric mood evoked here, at sunrise, aptly illustrates a quote from Corot describing his work: “To get into my landscapes, you need to have the patience to wait for the haze to lift; you can enter them only by slow degrees and once you are there, let’s hope, enjoy them.”
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- Titles Nymphes et Faunes (Nymphs and Fauns) (Proper)
- Artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796 - 1875
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 21 1/4 × 31 1/2 in. (54 × 80 cm) frame: 30 1/4 × 40 1/2 × 1 5/8 in. (76.8 × 102.9 × 4.1 cm)
- Credit Line Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by C. Caldwell Marks in memory of Jeanne V. Marks, AFI.10.2004
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Inscription Verso, vertical strainer, center, blue pencil: 12375 Verso, vertical strainer, center, black ink: D. 16.497 / Corot Nymphes et Faunes / 54 x 80 / signé à droite Verso, horizontal strainer, center right, blue pencil: FVC / 2210C Verso, frame, top rail, upper left, label: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) / Nymphes et / Faunes, ca. 1870 / oil on canvas, 54 x 90 cm / #17697 Verso, frame, top rail, center left: Gander & White / Client #49 / Item No. 21 [crossed out]
- Provenance Euge`ne Disant; auctioned at his sale Catalogue de Tableaux… la Collection de M. E. Disant, Reims, France, May 26, 1870, lot 14 [see note 1]; purchased by dealer Gustave Tempelaere (1840-1904), Paris, 1870 [see note 2]. Otlet, Brussels, possibly by 1882, definitely by 1889 [see note 3]. Dealer Charles Sedelmeyer (1837-1925), Paris [see note 4]; purchased by dealer Boussod, Valadon et Cie, Paris, March 5, 1892 [see note 5]; purchased by Victor Auban Moët (1832-1896), May 10, 1892 [see note 6]. Auban-Monet [sic], Paris, 1908. Dealer Arnold & Tripp, Paris, 1917. Thomas Bomberghen, Paris, 1921; inherited by his daughter, Comtesse Clauzel. Baronne [sic] Vautier, Paris, 1952. Private collection, Geneva [see note 7]; dealer Artemis Fine Arts, Inc., New York; purchased by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, December 2004
1. Offered as “‘Paysage avec Nymphes dansant dans la prairie effet du soir,” 50 x 78 cm.” Alfred Robaut connects this sale to AFI.10.2004, which is illustrated in his catalogue raisonné. See Alfred Robaut. L'Œuvre de Corot: Catalogue raisonné et illustré. Vol. 3. Paris: H. Floury, 1905, no. 2198.
2. According to Robaut, 1905, no. 2198.
3. The date of 1882 is provided by Robaut, 1905, no. 2198. In 1889, a “M. Otlet” lent numerous Corots, including AFI.10.2004, to the Exposition Centennale de l'Art Français at the Exposition Universelle de 1889, Paris, May 6, 1889 - November 6, 1889, no. 186. Nothing further is known about his identity.
4. Provenance of Charles Sedelmeyer listed in Getty Research Institute, Boussard, Valadon et Cie stockbook 13, page 82, row 6, stock no. 22106 (Called Goupil Book 13 at the Getty Research Institute).
5. According to Getty Research Institute, Boussard, Valadon et Cie stock book 13, page 82, row 6, stock no. 22106.
6. Purchased at the 2 Place de l'Opéra branch of Boussard, Valadon et Cie. According to Getty Research Institute Boussard, Valadon et Cie stock book 13, page 82, row 6, stock no. 22106. Robaut, 1905, no. 2198, provides a different year: “Mme Auban, Paris, 1893.”
7. Provenance from 1908 (“Auban-Monet”) through the “private collection, Geneva” is only known through information provided by Artemis Fine Arts, Inc. to the Birmingham Museum of Art at the time of sale.