Of inspiration for the Josep Font’s,
was the portrait painting
(image from allposters.com):
Gypsy Woman with a Tamborine
(images from nationalgalleryorg.uk):
by 19th century French painter
Jean Batiste Camille Corot, 1785 – 1875
(self portrait, Uffizi Gallery, Florence)
Corot was a gifted artist.
His paintings of figures were beautiful
delicate, subdued, pensive.
Yet, Corot is more widely recognised as one of
the most celebrated landscape painter of his era.
He was a main figure of the Barbizon School ,
which was comprised of French artists who
loved nature and worked en pleine air ( outdoors).
In an attempt to realism, they created from direct observation
What resulted were compositions
freed from artistic conventions.
Many would argue that Corot paved the way for
the generation of artists who immediately followed –
They too worked en plein air, a full sensory experience
which translated into their work.
Yet, theirs was interpretive of what was observed, while
Corot’s oeuvre was an attempt at realism,
to re-create as seen by the naked eye.
A Flood, 1870 (5)
A Wagon in the Plains
Evening on the Lake, 1872
Souvenir of a Journey to Coubron, 1873
The Wood Gatherer
The Seine near Rouen
1829 – 1833
Jean Baptiste Camille Corot
was equally admired by
contemporaries and successors alike.
There is no greater testament of one’s
accomplishments then to be honoured during life
and revered for time immemorial.
“There is only one master here – Corot.
We are nothing compared to him.
Claude Monet, 1897