Souvenir of Mortefontaine (1864) by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Souvenir of Mortefontaine - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot - 1864

Artwork Information

TitleSouvenir of Mortefontaine
ArtistJean-Baptiste Camille Corot
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions25 1/2 x 35 in.
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Souvenir of Mortefontaine

The artwork “Souvenir of Mortefontaine” is an exemplar of the Romanticism movement, painted in 1864 by the renowned artist Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. This oil on canvas piece measures 25 1/2 x 35 inches and falls under the genre of pastorale, depicting a serene and idyllic natural scene. The artwork is housed in the prestigious Louvre in Paris, France, where it continues to fascinate viewers with its tranquil beauty.

This masterpiece features a serene rural landscape replete with lush trees whose leafy canopies dominate the upper register of the composition, brimming with varying shades of green and gray, and subtly hinting at the interplay of light and shadow. Beneath the arboreal expanse, the scene unfolds into a calm body of water, mirroring the softness of an overcast sky and contributing to the overall sense of tranquility. Figures positioned near the water’s edge further animate the natural setting: one individual is shown standing, gazing into the distance, while another figure, in a relaxed posture, is seated nearby. Their presence is deftly integrated into the landscape, affirming humanity’s harmonious relationship with nature.

The artwork’s delicate handling of both color and form is characteristic of Corot’s style and of Romantic landscapes more broadly, expressing an emotional resonance rather than a strict representation of reality. The subtlety of the palette, combined with the gentle rendering of the rural setting, evokes a sense of peaceful contemplation and nostalgia for the countryside.

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