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Of inspiration for the Josep Font’s,

Delpozo Collection,  s/s 2014

was the portrait painting

(image from allposters.com):

Gypsy Woman with a Tamborine

(images from nationalgalleryorg.uk):

 

by 19th century French painter

Portrait of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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 –

the Impressionists.

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.

Landscape Paintings

by Jean Baptiste Camille Corot

 

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'The Marsh at Arleux'

The Marsh at Arleux, 1871

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'A Flood'

A Flood, 1870 (5)

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'A Wagon in the Plains of Artois'

A Wagon in the Plains 

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'Evening on the Lake'

Evening on the Lake, 1872

 

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'Souvenir of a Journey to Coubron'

Souvenir of a Journey to Coubron, 1873

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'The Wood Gatherer'

The Wood Gatherer

1865 -70

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot: 'The Seine near Rouen'

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.

 Nothing.”

Claude Monet, 1897

 (Impressionist painter)