Souvenir of Riva: Evening Glow, about 1865–70, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796–1875), oil on canvas
Living nearly 80 years, Corot was the central figure of 19th-century French landscape painting. Nonetheless, the Italian countryside was a motif that he returned to throughout his career. This view of Lake Garda near Riva is not a truthful depiction of the scene but the result of the artist’s imagination. While the Italian Alps are visible on the horizon, the focus of the composition is on the patterns of grizzled oak trees reflected with harmonious tones in the water. Corot distilled his sketches of this tranquil setting from the previous 30 years to create this scene of silent reverie.