Le Repos du vacher au pied des fraiches collines (Cowherd
Resting at the Foot of Cool Hills), c. 1855-65
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 24 in.
The Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Collection, 2000
This poetic landscape is typical of Corot's
late, atmospheric style, with the common motifs of hills, water,
and trees with diaphanous foliage all depicted in a limited color
range of greys mixed with greens, ochres, and whites.
The painting does not represent an actual
site, but the round tower is reminiscent of a castle overlooking
the Lake of Nemi. This famous lake near Rome in the Alban Hills
had classical associations and had been a popular subject for landscape
painters since the seventeenth century. Corot, himself, had painted
the site during visits to Italy.
A master of light, Corot made a
great impact on artists of the Impressionist generation such as
Monet and Pissarro.