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The Beech Tree

COROT, Jean-Baptiste Camille (1796 - 1875)

The Beech Tree

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 46.8 x 56.0 cm

Acquired: 1906; Transfer; Cardiff Museum

Accession Number: NMW A 2445

This simple scene of a figure beneath a large Beech tree, illuminated by a silvery evening light, is characteristic of Corot’s atmospheric landscapes. His departure from composed historic scenes and his loose technique, were at first rejected by academics who considered his works mere studies. The artist’s emphasis on the observation of nature and light, however, changed the course of French landscape painting.

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