Research &
Conservation

Seven Paintings of
Early Impressionism

Camille Corot: “Summer Landscape” (1855)

Before Corot executed the “Summer Landscape” he used the canvas for a different pictorial idea. The rejected composition is to be found beneath the paint layer forming the present depiction. A work in vertical format, it is invisible to the naked eye, and discernible only with the aid of infrared reflectography.

INFRARED REFLECTOGRAM OF THE “Summer Landscape”

Infrared reflectography is an examination method allowing a view of underlying layers. It is usually capable of bringing to light charcoal or pencil drawings covered by the paint layer, and it supplies information about a work’s genesis. In this case, the infrared reflectogram clearly shows a linear structure unrelated to the landscape depiction.

A DISCARDED COMPOSITION

If we retrace the lines visible in the infrared reflectogram and turn the image by ninety degrees, we discover a room constructed with vanishing lines. In the left-hand half there is a figure sitting at a table. A door is alluded to in the background, and opposite the figure, on the right, is a passageway with a pointed arch. Corot rejected this composition and painted the summer landscape over it.

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