Camille Corot’s French and Italian Countryside Landscapes

The basilica of Constantine

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was a 19th century painter that was characterized as much by the portraits as for being a great landscaper. His work led him to illustrate these panoramic views of the Italian and French fields, which were part of his private collection.

And what was a private collection, it later became the source of inspiration for generations of artists. So much so that today his works with light and sincerity in painting are still a matter of study.

In your excursions to the countrysideCorot was commissioned to paint the ancient aqueducts and those temples that were almost hidden under nature in the landscapes of French Provence and Italy.

Temple of Minerva

In his own style capture the light of day to capture those landscapes in which the day flows, as if we were contemplating the same gaze of the painter. An artist who gave a great turn to his career to start at 26 years with his studio.

With 1,500 francs was able to start his career in painting and use the summer months to paint exteriors on your travels. He made sketches directly from nature and his studies traveled on dirt roads.

Augustan Bridge

It was in his stay for 3 years in Rome when with the company of other painters Young French people, on their outings to the countryside, would paint their best works. Studies that captured the beauty of those panoramas.

The Roman countryside

His “plein air” technique, or painting outdoors Directly from the subject, it led him to say that everything that was done correctly in the first sketch captured the shapes and beauty of nature more precisely than painting layers on top of each other.

In that improvisation was where Camille Corot found her password and thus distance himself from other painters to inspire next generations of painters. We leave you with the watercolor landscapes of Chien Chung Wei.

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