Camille Corot
(Paris, 1796-1875, Paris)
Barge on a River Board, ca. 1862
Oil on canvas, 38 x 55 cm
Signed lower left: Corot

This medium-sized picture was surely not done from life like so many smaller landscape studies, nor is it like the prestigious landscapes he was wont to paint for the Salon. It was done from memory in the studio; we may recall here what was said by Maxime du Camp about Corot in his criticism of the Salon in 1864: "His point of departure is always nature, but when he comes to represent nature he paints from memory".