P. 159 x 235 mm; S. 340 x 527 mm
Provenance: the Henri M. Petiet collection, with the HMP wetstamp on the reverse (not cited in Lugt)
This masterful etching
contains all of Corot's later artistic predilections, including the dark
foreground enlivened by minuscule figures, with a sombre copse of trees
that serves to frame the city afar, all set against a vibrant sky.
It is not known why Corot renounced his participation in the Société des Aquafortistes, and this, his last contribution, although less dramatic, is thus especially poignant.
* According to Melot, there were only "a few proofs" ("quelques épreuves") pulled of this first state.