Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (16 July 1796 – 22 February 1875)

Camille Corot was a French landscape and portrait painter as well as a printmaker in etching and famous art teacher in Paris. Corot was a leading figure in the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.

pageimagephoto : Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (c 1850)

if my time has come i shall have nothing to complain of
for fifty-tree years i have been painting
so i have been able to devote myself entirely to what i loved best in the world

01Soissons, Houses and Factory of Mr. Henry (1833)
while i strive for a conscientious imitation , i yet never for an instant lose the emotion that has taken hold of me

02Breton Women at the Well Near Batz (c 1840-1844)
never lose sight of that first impression by which you were moved

11Lormes Shepherdess Sitting Under Trees Beside A Stream (1942)
a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in
Greek Proverb

03A Pond with Three Cows and a Crescent Moon (c 1850)
beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature . i am struck upon seeing a certain place

04First Leaves, Near Nantes (c 1855)
reality is one part of art ; feeling completes it

05Pond with Three Cows : Souvenir of Ville D’Avray (c 1855-1860)
if you have really been touched, you will convey to others the sincerity of your emotion

06The Road at the River Bank • Une route au bord de l’eau
before any site and any object , abandon yourself to your first impression

07The Evening Star (1864)
be guided by feeling alone . we are only simple mortals, subject to error ; so listen to the advice of others , but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling

08Pond With A Large Tree (1865)
everything is bursting into life , sparkling in the full light – light , which as yet is still soft and golden … it’s adorable! and one paints and paints!

09Ville D’Avray (1870)
you know , a landscape painter’s day is delightful . you get up early, at three o’clock in the morning , before sunrise ; you go and sit under a tree ; you watch and wait . at first there is nothing much to be seen . nature looks like a whitish canvas with a few broad outlines faintly sketched in ; all is misty , everything quivers in the cool dawn breeze . the sky lights up . the sun has not yet burst through the gauze veil that hides the meadow , the little valley , the hill on the horizon … ah, a first ray of sunshine!

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The Belfry of Douai • Le beffroi de Douai (1871)
i am never in a hurry to reach details. first and above all i am interested in the large masses and the general character of a picture ; when these are well established , then i try for subtleties of form and color . i rework the painting constantly and freely , and without any systematic method

 


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