Pastoral Landscape

Claude Lorrain
French (c. 1604/5–1682)
17th century
1677
Oil on canvas
22 1/2 x 32 3/8 in. (57.2 x 82.2 cm) Framed: 32 x 41 5/8 x 3 1/2 in. (81.3 x 105.7 x 8.9 cm)
APx 1967.04
Currently On View
This is one of at least nine paintings that Claude created for Prince Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna, a great connoisseur and collector, between 1663 and 1682. The prince, whose family had its origins in the countryside outside of Rome, undoubtedly shared Claude’s pleasure in hilly sites such as Tivoli and Nemi, adorned with ancient temples, bridges, and other reminders of the Arcadian delights celebrated by Virgil in ancient times. Although the other works Claude painted for Colonna have mythological and literary subjects, the group of shepherds engaged in conversation in the Kimbell painting cannot be associated with any particular narrative. This ideal landscape view from late in Claude’s career, when he often looked back to his earlier compositions, is pervaded by a sense of nostalgia. With its classical ruins and carefully calibrated landscape elements, it features many of the hallmarks for which he was celebrated and widely imitated. Claude developed the composition in a series of drawings in which he modulated tonalities and balanced proportions. The cool, blue green palette and the clear articulation of spatial intervals are characteristic of the artist’s late work.

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Lorrain, Pastoral Landscape

Provenance

Commissioned by Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna, Duke of Paliano and Castiglione, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples [1637-89], Galleria Colonna, Palazzo Colonna, Rome, 1677; by descent to his eldest son, Filippo Colonna II, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples [1663-1714], Galleria Colonna, Palazzo Colonna, Rome; by descent to his eldest son, Fabrizio Colonna, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples [1700-55], Galleria Colonna, Palazzo Colonna, Rome; presumably by descent to his eldest son, Lorenzo Colonna, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples [1723-79], Rome; by descent to his eldest son, Filippo III Colonna, grand constable of the kingdom of Naples [1760-1818], Palazzo Colonna, Rome, to at least 1787; probably sold in 1798. Richard Corbet [1804-1877], Adderley Hall, Shropshire, England; possibly inherited by his son, Henry Reginald Corbet [1832-1902], Adderley Hall, Shropshire, England; possibly inherited by his son, Reginald Corbet [1857-1945], Adderley Hall, Shropshire, England. (J. Leger and Son, London, 1946); (purchased by Frederick Mont, New York). Private collection, United States, by 1961. (Newhouse Galleries, Inc., New York); purchased by the Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1967.