Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Become a Member
Explore today's schedule
Visit MMFA for free by becoming a Member
Learn more
Back
Currently shown
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

L'île heureuse

Artist

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Paris 1796 – Ville-d'Avray 1875

Title

L'île heureuse

Date

About 1865-1868

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

188 x 142.5 cm

Credits

Gift of the family of Sir George A. Drummond in memory of Arthur Lennox Drummond and Captain Guy Melfort Drummond, inv. 1919.30

Collection

Western Art

This remarkable painting attests to the friendship of two artist companions. Fellow combatants in the battle against the Beaux-Arts academic system and administration, these two landscape painters were precursors of Impressionism: Daubigny and, as he called his friend, “Le Père Corot.” At Corot’s suggestion, Daubigny moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, not far from Daumier’s studio. They undertook to decorate the new lodgings: L’île heureuse is the finest of the five panels Corot executed for his vestibule.


If Daubigny veered from Realism to colourful Impressionism in his landscape-portraits, Corot proceeded more from the classical spirit of seventeenth-century French landscape masters Claude and Poussin in the landscapes of his maturity, which he called his paysages-souvenirs. This is one of the painter’s infinite variations on the theme of a placid lake in dawn mist under a flurry of foliage, the scene disturbed only by sketchily rendered peasant figures. Is this the Italy of Lake Albano? Or the French countryside around Ville-d’Avray? Regardless, the atmosphere is as always that of a reconstituted dream, in which the painter-poet favours sensation over description, tone over colour.

A touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation