Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: French Landscape Painter
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, one of the most admired French landscape painters and engravers, was born on July 17, 1796, to a wealthy bourgeois family on Rue du Bac in Paris. His father was a wig maker, and his mother, a milliner. In contrast to most artists who show early signs of art, Corot, as a supporter of the "Barbizon School of France", did not realize his true calling until 1815, when he began to take drawing lessons at Atelier Suisse.
After the Court's moved into a new home in 1817, Jean moved into a room on the third floor, which later became his first studio. The always wealthy artist was trained in Rouen and learned an apprenticeship as a cloth maker.
Although Camille Corot did not like the trade, she devoted herself to the trade for six years; despite the aversion to the line, the painter took up the aesthetics of the elements (especially colours) of art during these commercial years.
Ultimately, he decided to pursue an artistic career. Achille Etna Michallon, a landscape painter with whom Corot sought an apprenticeship for a year (1821-1822), had a great influence on his painting. Along with the various art forms, Michallon Corot introduced the concept of "French Neoclassicism". After Michallon, Corot joined the tutelage of his teacher Jean Victor Bertin.
Career and legacy of Works of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot:
In 1825 the artist made the first of his numerous trips to Italy and created more than 200 drawings and 150 paintings within three years. His paintings are like volume, solidity, light and shadow, thick and thin reflections and figuration. Two of his paintings, "Forum (1826)" and "Narni Bridge (1827)", can be seen in the Louvre in Paris.
Corot's approach to landscape painting moved between "neoclassical" and "northern realism" as well as the "Plein air" technique of "impressionism". This was followed by retouching in the studio for all of his works. Corot was unique not because of his pictorial technique but because of a thematic rebellion that bordered on rumours. This, considering that he was a devout Christian, paid homage to the artist in him.
Works of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot:
From 1827 the artist appeared regularly in the Salon, beginning with "View of Narni (1827)". In 1835 at the Salon, Corot impressed his critics with "Agar dans le desert (Hagar in the desert)". "Venice, La Piazetta (1835)", "Macbeth and the Witches (1859)", "Wallace Collection", "L'Arbrebrisé (1865)", "Ville d'Avray (1867)", "Femme Lisant (1869 ), "Biblis (1875) "," Souvenir de Mortefontaine (1864) "In the Louvre", "Meadow at the Swamp" in the National Museum of Serbia and "Pastoral Souvenir d'Italie (1873)" in the Gallery of Glasgow Art are among his most famous masterpieces.
Apart from the landscapes, the reflections of the hills and trees on either side of the lake are visible in the water. Corot artfully captures the reflective nature of the water in the lake with unique colours and delicately touched brushstrokes. Those days, painters used bold, vivid colours, but Corot used moderate hues with colours like pastel green, light blue, light brown, some grey, white and cream. "Souvenir de Mortefontaine" is an elegantly simple illustration that evokes serenity.
“Souvenir de Mortefontaine” is a poetic composition with a Roman theme, which underscores Corot's penchant for romanticizing the idealistic." Souvenir de Mortefontaine" was exhibited at the Salon in 1864, bought by the French state and hung in Fontainebleau for 25 years. It is currently in the Louvre in Paris. Camille also created several competent portraits.
Around 1865, Corot moved to a different style of painting, characterized by the precision of the structure, outlined on a background full of natural light, highlighting the romantic atmosphere by soft brushstrokes.
Corot took his last breath after suffering from a stomach issue on February 22, 1875 and was buried at Père Lachaise. As a caring man, his list of admirers was long, including Camille Pissarro, Eugène Boudin, Berthe Morisot, Stanislas Lépine, Antoine Chintreuil, François Louis Français, Charles Le Roux, and Alexandre De Faux.