Friday, June 8, 2012

Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille

View from the Farnese Gardens, Rome
Oil on canvas
25.1 x 40.6 cm (9 7/8 x 16 in.)
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

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)