View of the Forest of Fontainebleau
1280 x 923 • 416 KB
Chester Dale Collection, 1963. This is one of the first deliberate formal compositions that Corot painted for exhibition. One of his early forest scenes, it was probably painted shortly after his return from Italy. The artist valued the work so highly that he left a provision in his will for the picture to be purchased for the Louvre, but its owner refused to part with it. The quiet grandeur of this countryside would seem to bear out Victor Hugo's words: " A tree is an edifice, a forest is a city and among them all the Forest of Fontainbleau is a monument".
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1830
Artist age:Approximately 34 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 176 cm (69.29 in.), Width: 243 cm (95.67 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member rocsdad on 23 June 2012.
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