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Study for Saint Sebastian

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Description This watercolor has traditionally been seen as a study for Corot's painting "Saint Sebastian Succored by Holy Women," (Walters 37.192) but the composition has a sense of completeness that suggests it is in fact a later variant. The watercolor is also more slender than the painting, while the foliage at left has been reduced and the rise of land to the right eliminated. Corot very rarely worked in watercolor, preferring pencil and pen and ink in his early linear drawings and charcoal in his later, more tonal works. Although Corot produced few watercolors, he displays in "Saint Sebastian," a mastery of the medium. He built up his surfaces with layers of diaphanous washes of grays and browns, while his muted tones, comparable to those in his late paintings, are offset by touches of brighter color, such as the green leaves of the foliage, the yellow of the distant ground, and the pinks of the foreground figures. Corot retains the arched format of the original painting composition.
Date Description Narrative
8/30/1968Treatmentmounted; re-housed
3/10/1970Loan Considerationexamined for loan
12/18/1991Treatmentexamined; mounted; re-housed
1/01/2002Treatmentexamined exhibition; repaired; mounted
  • French Masterworks on Paper. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992.
  • From Ingres to Gauguin: French Nineteenth Century Paintings Owned in Maryland. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1951.
  • Corot, 1796-1875. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. 1946.
  • Corot. Royal Scottish Academy of Painting, Edinburgh. 1965.
  • A Supple Brush: The Flowering of Continental Watercolors. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • Christian Imagery in French Nineteenth Century Art, 1789-1906. The Shepherd Gallery, New York. 1980.
  • A Connoisseur's Portfolio: Nineteenth-century Drawings and Watercolors in the Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
  • The Essence of Line: French Drawings from Ingres to Degas. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma. 2005-2006.
  • Camille Corot. 2012-2013.
Provenance Purchased by William T. Walters (through George A. Lucas as agent), Baltimore, March 2, 1884 [1]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] The Diary of George A. Lucas, p. 582.
Inscriptions "Corot", brown watercolor, lower left
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1884

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ca. 1867
watercolor and graphite underdrawing on cream, moderately thick, slightly textured wove paper
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
H: 9 13/16 x W: 5 1/2 in. (25 x 13.9 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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