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A Mill Wheel (Une roue de moulin)

ca. 1840-1845
8 5/8 x 13 3/16 in. (21.9 x 33.5 cm)

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
French (Paris, France, 1796 - 1875, Paris, France)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on cardstock mounted on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr.
Accession Number: 1991.80
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Lockhart Collection

Corot’s practice of painting directly from nature lasted throughout his long career. His ability to paint the transitory effects of light with subtlety and sensitivity is most characteristic in his landscapes. The simple composition of The Mill Wheel, with its subtle tonal and almost monochromatic color gradations, also shows Corot’s interest in the new medium of photography.

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[André-Julien?] Prévost, Paris; R. M. Light & Co., Santa Barbara, California (dealers); purchased from them by Dr. and Mrs. James H. Lockhart, Jr., Geneseo, New York; their gift to the Gallery in 1991

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