Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875) La Liseuse, 1845-1850 (A Girl Reading) Oil on canvas, 42.5 x 32.5 cm Zurich, Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection © Foundation E.G. Bührle Collection / ISEA-SIK, photograph: J.-P. Kuhn


Until the 9 th of January 2011 – Les Musées d’art et d’histoire – Geneve

Switzerland was the country most frequently visited by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875), even more than Italy where he only went three times. The Confederation is therefore represented in his work as from 1825 when, on his way to Rome, he stopped in Lausanne. The reasons for the maestro’s attachment to this country are related in particular to his family – his mother originated from Fribourg – and to the painter’s continued links with numerous artists, including Barthélemy Menn. The exhibition awards special significance to the different stays of the artist and attempts to measure the influence of the topography and the light specific to individual locations in the development of his art. Finally, the considerable presence of his work in Swiss public and private collections is emphasized: the visible manifestation of this being the exceptional loans accorded for the Centenary of our institution.

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