Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, ‘Landscape #4’, 1850, Wallector
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, ‘Landscape #4’, 1850, Wallector

Landscape #4 is a beautiful original etching realized by Camille Corot in the middle of XIX Century. Very good conditions except for a halo on the lower margin; platemark is present.
It represents a natural landscape with some trees and very small buildings realized by the artist during one of his stands in Italy; these influential years saw him painting the city of Rome and its countryside, as well as Naples and Ischia. It was a happy time for Corot, during which he declared to a friend, "All I really want to do in life ... is to paint landscapes. This firm resolve will stop me from any serious attachments. That is to say, I shall not get married."

Camille Corot (Paris, 1796 - Paris 1875) was an influential 19th century French painter who is best known for his landscape paintings. His artistic style inspired many Impressionists. From 1825 to 1828, Corot lived in Italy and honed his artistic skills. In the 1850s, Corot began to paint in a softer style, using a restricted palette of colors. Collectors and dealers were scrambling to buy his work as the 1850s progressed. Corot was in close contact with and influenced by painters of the realistic Barbizon school, such as Jean-François Millet, Théodore Rousseau and Charles-François Daubigny. Corot's landscapes and plein air sketches also served to inspire Impressionist painters. Devoted to painting, Corot continued to work throughout his life, producing more than 3,000 pictures during his career. In the 1860s, he also experimented with photography and printmaking and used a technique called cliché-verre to combine the two.

Image Dimensions : 18.5 x 25.5 cm

About Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Known for bridging the Neoclassic tradition of allegory set in nature with Realism and plein air practice, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot embarked on his artistic career by studying landscape painting. Although he initially struggled to gain acceptance in the establishment, Corot flourished as a landscapist, benefiting from multiple trips around Europe, especially Italy. His early oil sketches, painted outdoors and characterized by their bright colors, fluid brushstrokes, and prioritization of the expression of mood and atmosphere over topographical details, greatly influenced the Impressionists. In addition to poetic landscapes he painted portraits, and, seeking greater recognition at the Paris Salon, biblical and mythological scenes, which were considered the highest form of painting. Despite only moderate success in the Salon, his body of work earned accolades from the influential poet and critic Charles Baudelaire and fellow artists such as Eugène Delacroix.

French, 1796-1875, Paris, France, based in Paris, France