Washerwomen in a Willow Grove

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

French, 1796–1875

Washerwomen in a Willow Grove


Corot visited the countryside near the small French town of Arras frequently, though he confessed that its flat terrain had “the reputation for not being very suitable for painters.” The landscape inspired images like this one, which shows washerwomen laying fabric on the grass to dry and bleach in the sun. Rustic laborers had essentially disappeared from the region by 1871, but the subject may have held nostalgic appeal for the artist’s urban patrons.

Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 15 x 18 3/16 in. (38.1 x 46.2 cm) Frame: 22 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (56.2 x 63.8 x 3.8 cm)
Object Number 1955.526
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955
Status Off View

Image Caption

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Washerwomen in a Willow Grove, 1871, oil on canvas. Clark Art Institute, 1955.526


Bollet; Émile Dehau (until 1885, his sale, Drouot, Paris, 21 Mar. 1885, no. 12, as Les prairies de Sainte-Catherine, a Arras); Tabourier (in 1889); Henri Heugel (possibly by 1895–1905, his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 26 May 1905, no. 3, ill., as Paysage d’Artois, sold to Boussod, Valadon);¹ [Boussod, Valadon, Paris, from 1905]; Count Cecil Charles Pecci-Blunt, Paris, on consignment to Seligmann (in Nov. 1940); [Jacques Seligmann, New York, sold to Clark, 2 Jan. 1941, as Paysage d’Artois]; Robert Sterling Clark (1941–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955. 1. The Clark copy of sale catalogue is annotated “Boussod c/ Bernheim jeune.”