Jean Baptiste Camille Corot

1796-1875 France/Realism

 

Brief Biography-Jean Baptiste Camille Corot of Paris was the son of a successful milliner. He took up art when he was twenty-two under Achille-Etna Michallon and Jean-Victor Bertin, he had decided he wasn’t suited to the profession of his father which he had entered after schooling. He went to Italy for two years where he studied mostly in the vicinity of Rome, later travelling France extensively and returning to Italy on two occasions.
His family supported him with an annual allowance which gave him the freedom to work at will. He liked to paint in the countryside in the mornings and evenings to capture the light properties. He became a very successful artist mostly due to his landscapes, however he was also a painter of portraits and indulged in printmaking. His influences were a mixture of the southern neoclassical style landscape and the northern realistic style, leaning towards plein-air. In 1846, he was awarded the Légion d’Honneur and in 1867 he became an officer of the Salon.
He was a very charitable man and in his later days he supported the younger artists of the not so academic style. He was held in high esteem for his generosities during the siege of Paris in 1870 and was known affectionately as Le Pere Corot, Father Corot. One of his many notable students was Camille Pissarro.

 

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bridge
at mantes

bridge at mantes

girl in
the green

girl in the green


homer

homer

italian
peasant boy

italian peasant boy


italians

italians

junior high
student

junior high student

landscape at
lake garda

landscape at lake garda


madame legois

madame legois

monk
reading book

monk reading book


octave

octave

orpheus leading
eurydice

orpheus leading eurydice from the underworld


poetry

poetry

portrait
of a boy

portrait of a boy


self portrait

self portrait

souvenir of
mortefontaine

souvenir of mortefontaine

superior of the
monastery

superior of the annunciation monastery in boulogne-sur-mer

the
artist's studio

the artist's studio#

the cathedral
of chartres

the cathedral of chartres

the coliseum seen
from the farnese

the coliseum seen from the farnese gardens

the forum seen from
the farnese gardens

the forum seen from the farnese gardens


haymakers

haymakers


the piazzetta

the piazzetta

the tanneries
of mantes

the tanneries of mantes


the vale

the vale


valleda

valleda


ville d'Avray

ville d avray

 


woman reading

woman reading