Corot

Corot

Camille Corot was one of the driving forces behind the evolution of landscape painting in the 19th century. An extraordinary interpreter of its various sub-genres, Corot painted Grand Tour views, splendid historical landscapes (in which the landscape appears as a backdrop to ahistorical, mythological or sacred story), and views of the countryside like this, where the true subject is the atmosphere of the place and the feeling experienced by the artist at that moment. Although we cannot yet speak of Impressionism, in works from the mature phase of his production like this oneCorot leaves a significant mark on the iconographic tradition of landscape painting, leading it to a necessary renewal. Close to the artistic enquiry of the Barbizon school, he put his highly refined palette and compositional acumen at the service of a theme still held in low esteem by academic circles, who continued to prefer the historical, mythological, religious and portrait genres. While he did not support Impressionism, which was too modern for a by now elderly master, Corot was certainly one of its greatest forefathers.