About this artwork
Camille Corot returned to Paris in 1843 from the last of three trips to Italy, but the Italian countryside continued to dominate his art. While the Realists painted peasants and scenes of rural life, the elderly Corot preferred landscapes, with which he could convey a timeless, classical past. Although this picture represents a famous hillside lake in northern Italy, Corot transformed the topography into a personal, bucolic reminiscence (souvenir) through his use of silvery grays and intense deep greens.
- Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
- Souvenir of the Environs of Lake Nemi
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed lower left: Corot 1865
- 98.4 × 134.3 cm (38 3/4 × 52 7/8 in.)
- Bequest of Florence S. McCormick