Douai, glacis des fortifications, près la porte Notre-Dame signed 'Corot' (lower right) oil on canvas 13 3/4 x 10 1/2in (35 x 26.5cm)
Executed in 1854.
PROVENANCE: André Diot, 1867; Gustave Tempelaere, Paris, 1878; Jules Clarétie, Paris, 1880; His Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 8, 1914; Berkowitz, Paris, until 1948 (acquired from the above); Madelon Foundation, Sydney; Sale, Christie's, New York, 2 May, 2001, lot 111; Thomas Colville Fine Art, Llc., New York (acquired from the above); Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2004.
EXHIBITED: Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1982
LITERATURE: Alfred Robaut, L'Oeuvre de Corot, Catalogue raisonné et illustré, Paris, 1965, Vol. II, p. 256, No. 778, (illustrated; with a sketch by Alfred Robaut)
In the late summer of 1854, Corot was traveling through Holland with the painter Constant Dutilleux, who was originally from Douais. After ten days of visiting and sketching various Dutch cities, Dutilleux left Rotterdam on September 7th and returned to Douais, where he was joined by Corot a week later. It is here that Corot executed the present painting, showing his friend seated at his easel.