Saturday, October 22, 2011

Corot, Jean-Baptiste-Camille

Young woman weaving wreath of flowers
about 1866–70
oil on canvas
70.2 x 47 cm (27 5/8 x 18 1/2 in.)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875) was a French landscape painter.
Corot was the leading painter of 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. Claude Monet exclaimed "There is only one master here—Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing."

“What there is to see in painting, or rather what I am looking for, is the form, the whole, the value of the tones…That is why for me the color comes after, because I love more than anything else the overall effect, the harmony of the tones, while color gives you a kind of shock that I don’t like. Perhaps it is the excess of this principal that makes people say I have leaden tones.” (Corot)