The Gypsies

Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris )

Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 31 1/2 in. (55.2 x 80 cm)
Credit Line:
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D. Fletcher, 1917
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  • Gallery Label

    At the age of seventy-six, Corot continued to paint from nature during his travels throughout France. He also produced invented studio landscapes such as this picture, which was included in the memorial exhibition held in 1875 at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, shortly after the artist's death.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and dated (lower left): COROT. 1872

  • Provenance

    M. Stumpf, ?Paris (by 1873–at least 1875; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, February 28, 1873, no. 9, as "Les Bohémians," for Fr 6,000, bought in); Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher, New York (until his d. 1917)

  • Exhibition History

    Paris. École Nationale des Beaux-Arts. "Exposition de l'œuvre de Corot," May 1875, no. 204 (as "Les Bohémiens," lent by M. Stumpf).

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mr. & Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection," March 4–?, 1918, no catalogue.

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Barbizon: French Landscapes of the Nineteenth Century," February 4–May 10, 1992, no catalogue.

  • References

    Alfred Robaut. L'Œuvre de Corot: Catalogue raisonné et illustré. [reprint 1965]. Paris, 1905, vol. 3, pp. 336–37, no. 2216, ill.; vol. 4, p. 276, calls it "Les Bohémiens de Prague (Effet du soir)" and dates it 1872.

    Eliot Clark. "The Fletcher Collection at the Metropolitan Museum: The Landscapes." Art World and Arts & Decoration 9 (August 1918), pp. 208–9, ill., as "The Bohemians".

    "The Mr. and Mrs. Isaac D. Fletcher Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (March 1918), p. 60, as "The Bohemians".

    "Current Art Notes." Connoisseur 82 (December 1928), p. 257, ill. p. 259, as "The Bohemians".

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, p. 69, ill., call it "The Gypsies" and observe that the technique suggests that this painting was executed from memory.

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