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A Balmy Afternoon

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Corot, one of the great French painters of the nineteenth century, is generally identified with the Barbizon group. In fact, he was an independent figure with wide-ranging interests in painting. A Balmy Afternoon does have affinities with the work of the Barbizon School and is typical of the manner that brought Corot popularity for decades during his lifetime and after. “Fluffy trees, some grasses and shrubs flecked here and there with bits of light, a sweet body of quiet water, a mild sky, and a few small, graceful figures are combined and recombined in these pictures,” in the words of art historian John Canaday.

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