The Four Trees by the Plain, ca. 1869/70
Oil on canvas, 46 x 38 cm
Signed lower right: Corot
This landscape has been convincingly assigned by Robaut to the late work of the artist. The rhythmic, effortless painting reveals the fully developed mastery of the brush, acquired by Corot in hundreds of similar, preceding pictures. Everything is subordinated to the dominant silvery grey tone; only the red in the womans blouse, delicately echoed in the distant roofs, constitutes a stronger chromatic accent. The womans sole function is to present this coloured spot; whether she is gathering fodder for the goats or twigs for the fire does not matter to Corot.