JEAN-BAPTISTE CAMILLE COROT rode to fame in 19th century France on his ability to produce a vision of dappled Elysian fields populated by maids dancing under ever blue skies. But 20th century taste has preferred the pyrotechnics of the impressionists to Corot's blue and silver waltz. Beside figures painted in hot, expressionist colors, Corot's milk-white shepherds piping to their sheep were considered as unsatisfying as a diet of lily stems.

Last week U.S. gallerygoers had their first chance in a decade to review Corot's prodigious output, in an exhibit of 32 paintings at Manhattan's...

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