Summer Landscape, Camille Corot
Camille Corot
Summer Landscape
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Camille Corot

Summer Landscape, 1855 – 1860


Dimensions
38.5 x 43.4 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1404
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a gift from the Benedikt Goldschmidt heirs
Status
On display

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About the Work

The artist Camille Corot travelled across the French countryside on foot in search of picturesque, intimate landscape settings. He made oil sketches on the spot and later developed them in his studio. Corot's relaxed brushstrokes produce blurred contours around the objects, which he then smudges to create a uniform, atmospheric impression. With his selection of simple, rural subjects, he distanced himself from neoclassical painting. Corot is regarded as the main representative of the Barbizon School, and his painting style makes him one of the forerunners of Impressionism.

About the Donation

Benedikt Moritz Goldschmidt’s (1831–1906) heirs arranged for this bequest. Goldschmidt belonged to an established Jewish family of bankers. One of his relatives was Maximilian Benedikt Hayum von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (1843–1940), who had been ennobled in 1903 and who was considered the wealthiest Jew in the Wilhelmine Empire. By comparison, Benedikt Moritz Goldschmidt’s fortune of eighteen million marks was modest. The unassuming and sophisticated art lover was joint proprietor of the bank Moritz B. Goldschmidt.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Summer Landscape
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten links: COROT

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a gift from the Benedikt Goldschmidt heirs

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 23F43 summer landscape; landscape symbolizing summer (the four seasons of the year)
  • 25H114 low hill country
  • 25H17 meadow, pasture
  • 25G11 groups of trees
  • 46A14 farmers
  • 46AA14 farmers - AA - female farmer, farmer's wife
Secondary

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20.08.2019