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In this landscape a red-hatted woodcutter is busy working on the many branches scattered around him. A small group of figures – presumably other woodcutters – can just be glimpsed between the trees. Beyond the trees a lake reflects the pale blue and white of the cloudy sky.
Corot's first biographer, Étienne Moreau-Nelaton, wrote in 1905 that, 'Corot never broke with tradition … [he was] always going to nature for his inspiration, [Corot] remained faithful to a point to the formula of his artistic ancestors. He accomplished this tour de force by being at the same time the last of the classical landscapists and the first of the Impressionists'.
oil on canvas
H 49.8 x W 64.8 cm
bequeathed by James Donald, 1905