Corot painting acquired by the Musée départemental de l’école de Barbizon

Camille Corot (1796-1875)
Tree Trunk in the Forest of Fontainebleau
Oil on canvas - 24.4 x 32 cm
Barbizon, Musée départemental de l’Ecole de Barbizon
Photo : Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne

17/12/08 — Acquisition — Barbizon, Musée départemental de l’Ecole de Barbizon — The Conseil général de Seine-et-Marne has acquired for the museum in Barbizon a small canvas by Corot : Tree Trunk in the Forest (ill.). The painting bears an inscription by the artist as being the first that he executed in the Fontainebleau forest in October of 1882. His parents had just recently given him permission to devote himself to painting after which he entered the workshop of Achille-Etna Michallon. Following Michallon’s death, in September, he chose Jean-Victor Bertin’s atelier. He went to Fontainebleau [1] on Bertin’s advice and painted this small canvas in the forest.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 17 décembre 2008


[1] See the catalogue of the exhibition, Corot au Grand Palais in 1996, p. 16. The work is reproduced on p. 64 but carries no remarks or entry.

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