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Souvenir of the Environs of Lake Nemi

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
French, 1796-1875

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.


On View, Gallery 224


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Jean Baptiste Camille Corot


Souvenir of the Environs of Lake Nemi


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed lower left: Corot 1865


98.4 × 134.3 cm (38 3/4 × 52 7/8 in.)

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Bequest of Florence S. McCormick

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