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Diana and Actaeon (Diana Surprised in Her Bath)

Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris )

Date:
1836
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
61 5/8 x 44 3/8 in. (156.5 x 112.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.162
  • Description

    "Diana and Actaeon" is one of Corot's earliest treatments of a subject from ancient mythology. In representing a classical subject in an Arcadian landscape, Corot was responding to the example of Poussin, the greatest French master of the seventeenth century. The section of landscape at the upper left, executed in the loose brushwork and silvery palette of Corot's late style, was repainted by the artist in 1874, one year before his death, at the request of the painting's new owner.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed and dated (lower right) COROT 1836

  • Provenance

    Lenormant, Paris; Bouvier-Lenormant, by descent, Paris; sold to Reitlinger et Tédesco, Paris, 1873; Gellinard Collection, Paris, until 1888; Gellinard Collection sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 19, 1888, lot 41; Mellerio Collection, Paris, 1894; Anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 23, 1908, no. 13; Bessonneau d'Angers Collection; his son-in-law (?) M. Frappier, by 1923; Mme Frappier, by 1925 until at least 1930; Bessonneau d'Angers Collection sale, Galerie Charpentier, June 15, 1954, lot 22; acquired at the Bessonneau d'Angers sale, through Charles Durand-Ruel, by Robert Lehman, New York, 1954.

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