Matthew Ridley Corbet

Val d’Arno: Evening

exhibited 1901

Matthew Ridley Corbet 1850–1902
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 908 × 2089 mm
frame: 1243 × 2436 × 185 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1901

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Lincolnshire born Corbet studied at the newly opened Slade School of Art and later at the Royal Academy Schools where he was taught by Frederic Leighton. In 1880 he went to Italy for three years where he studied under Giovanni Costa in Rome. This painting shows the influence of Costa’s ‘Etruscan’ style of composition with its long horizontal format, simplified form and use of colour and tone to evoke the fall of light.

Gallery label, November 2016

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Catalogue entry

Inscr. ‘M. R. Corbet’ b.r.
Canvas, 35 3/4×82 1/4 (91×209).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1901.
Exh: R.A., 1901 (863).
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1901, p.68; Magazine of Art, 1902, p.237.

This view of the valley of the River Arno is taken from the terrace of the Villa Tolomei beyond Bellosguardo, south of Florence. The village on the left is Soffiano, with Signa just visible in the distance. Farther away the blue mountains near Pisa rise from the plain, and the peaks of the Carrara are seen against the red after-glow.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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