About this artwork

The fresh colour and deftly observed play of light and shadow on the rutted track make this one of Corot's most attractive landscapes. The warm hues of the seated figure catch the eye, as do the flourishing branches of the central prominent tree. Corot was very familiar with the country around Ville-d'Avray, for his family lived in this small town to the west of Paris. This painting was probably made just before Corot left for Italy in 1825. It was retouched around 1850. The composition and treatment of light may also reflect the artist's response to Constable's paintings, exhibited in Paris in the mid 1820s.

  • title: Ville-d'Avray: Entrance to the Wood
  • accession number: NG 1681
  • artist: Jean-Baptiste Camille CorotFrench (1796 - 1875)
  • gallery: On Loan
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Shadows Woodland
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1825
  • measurements: 46.00 x 35.00 cm (framed: 69.50 x 59.50 x 12.10 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with the aid of A E Anderson in memory of his brother Frank 1927

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Corot's landscapes developed from the classical landscape tradition and strongly influenced the young Impressionists. He trained in his native Paris, having persuaded his parents that his future was with painting rather than the family textile business. In 1825 he travelled to Italy and made many drawings and oil sketches in the open air in and around Rome. These are remarkable for their naturalism and sensitivity to tone as well as colour. His finished paintings were carefully worked up in the studio. From the 1850s he developed a softer style, using grey-green tones which proved very popular with nineteenth-century collectors in France and Britain.

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