The Evening Star

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot1864

The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States

In the 1850s, Corot began to paint works that he sometimes referred to as "souvenirs," in which he tried not only to record his visual experience of a site but also to convey the sensations it evoked. Corot was inspired to paint this poetic composition after listening to a young woman singing verses from Alfred de Musset's poem "The Willow: A Fragment" (1830), in which the evening star is hailed as a distant messenger.

After watching Corot paint a much larger version of the subject (now in the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse, France), William T. Walters commissioned this smaller variation. It differs slightly from the artist's initial conception in its looser brushwork and duskier sky.

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  • Title: The Evening Star
  • Creator: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
  • Date Created: 1864
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
  • Provenance: Commissioned by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, 1864 (received by 1865) [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 171.
  • Object Type: oil paintings
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] Lower left: COROT
  • Geography: Place of Origin: France
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., Déjà Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix. 2007-2008., Triumph of French Painting: Masterpieces from Ingres to Matisse. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Dayton Art Institute, Dayton; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. 2000-2002., A Magnificent Age: Masterpieces from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte. 2002-2004., The Works of Antoine-Louis Barye. American Art Gallery (New York), New York. 1889-1890., A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979., Corot, Courbet und die Maler von Barbizon: 'Les amis de la nature' (Corot, Courbet and the Painters from Barbizon). Haus der Kunst, Munich. 1996., The Road to Impressionism: Landscapes from Corot to Manet. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2004-2005., Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • Dimensions: H: 27 15/16 x W: 35 7/16 in. (71 x 90 cm); Framed H: 40 1/4 x W: 47 1/2 x D: 5 in. (102.2 x 120.7 x 12.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Commissioned by William T. Walters, 1864
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.154