Provenance Research

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875)
France
Outskirts of Igny, ca. 1840-45; reworked ca. 1874
Oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 21 1/2 in. (34.3 x 54.6 cm)
Gift of Emilie L. Heine in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Hauck, 1940.959

Signed lower left: "Corot"

Description:
Small landscape study with figures in the foreground and hills in the background.

Alternate Titles:
Les Fonds d'Igny

Provenance:

Ca. 1840/45-1874:   Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, Paris, sold to
     
Ca. 1874-?:   Mayer
     
May 12, 1876:   Sold at auction, Hôtel Drouot, Paris
     
By 1878:   Roblot
     
April 6, 1882:   Sold at auction, Hôtel Drouot, Paris
     
    Samuel Dennis Warren, Boston [1]
     
Before February 28, 1946:   (Possibly Schneider-Gabriel Galleries, New York, possibly sold to [2])
     
By at least February 28, 1946-1949:   Emilie L. Heine, Cincinnati, given with life interest to [3]
     
1949-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] According to information given by Schneider-Gabriel Galleries, held in the Heine collection file, the painting was formerly in the collection of Samuel D. Warren. Their records do not clarify if it was in the collection of Samuel Dennis Warren [d. 1888] or his son Samuel Dennis Warren [1852-1910]. The former was married to Susan Cornelia Warren, who was a great collector of Barbizon painting. The CAM's landscape was not included in the 1902 exhibition of the collection of Mrs. S. D. Warren at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, or in the January 8, 1903, sale of her collection held at American Art Association, New York. See correspondence with archives of the Boston Museum Fine Arts, June 19, 2002.

[2] In 1940 Emilie L. Heine gave a large group of paintings with life interest reserved to the CAM, which eventually came to the Museum after her death in 1949. In 1946 Schneider-Gabriel Galleries wrote to inform the CAM that Heine wished Corot's Les Fonds d'Igny to take the place of another painting by Corot that she had originally intended for the CAM. Although the letter came from Schneider-Gabriel Galleries, it does not confirm they sold the painting to her as they assisted Heine with general correspondence regarding her gift to the CAM. Correspondence, February 28, 1946, Heine collection file.

[3] Emilie L. Heine, a collector with a penchant for the Barbizon school, began collecting art around 1912 and continued into the mid-1940s. The majority of the paintings were acquired for her Cincinnati home during the 1920s and 1930s, but specific dates of purchase for most are unknown. Heine gave her collection to the CAM with life interest reserved in 1940. This particular painting was not on the original list, but was exchanged for another work in 1946. It is unclear if she purchased the painting at that time or simply changed her mind about which objects she wished to remain with her family. The Heine collection came to the CAM after her death in 1949. See Heine collection file.

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