This hazy landscape enveloped by spreading branches and foliage is typical of the technique, style, and mood of Camille Corot's late work. After 1850 he often employed charcoal to create long, curving lines and used stumping (the manipulation of the medium with a piece of tightly rolled cloth or leather) to achieve atmospheric effects. Corot did not intend to represent a specific place. Instead, he created a poetic interpretation of nature based upon his many years observing the countryside in both France and Italy. The soft veil of leafy branches suggests the filter of memory and imagination through which the artist developed his mature vision of landscape.

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  • Title: Landscape (The Large Tree)
  • Creator: Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
  • Date Created: c. 1865–70
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 24.2 x 41.8 cm (9 1/2 x 16 7/16 in.)
  • Provenance: James Staats Forbes [1823-1904], London, (Obach & Co., London, England), (Allan Frumkin [1927-2002], Chicago, IL), Victor Carlson [1934-2018], Baltimore, MD, (Shepherd Gallery, New York, sold to Muriel Butkin, Shaker Heights, OH), Muriel Butkin [1916-2008], Shaker Heights, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2008.386
  • Medium: charcoal with stumping, erasing, and wet brushwork on light brown wove paper
  • Inscriptions: inscribed, lower left, in charcoal: COROT
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Muriel Butkin
  • Collection: Drawings
  • Accession Number: 2008.386

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