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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875)

Son of a Parisian merchant, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot originally intended to adopt his father’s trade. However, he began to study art under Michallon and Bertin, who both influenced Corot’s classically inspired landscapes. Corot traveled throughout Europe in the summer, sketching landscapes that he painted during the winters in Paris. He used this source material, as well as early photography to create his distinctive blurred style of landscapes. 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. Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon school of France in the mid-nineteenth century. Corot approached his landscapes more traditionally than is usually believed. By comparing even his late period tree-painting and arrangements to those of Claude Lorrain, such as that which hangs in the Bridgewater gallery, the similarity in methods is seen. The works of Corot are housed in museums in France and the Netherlands, Britain and America.

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