Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

(1796 - 1875)
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot Landscape at Coubron About 1870 - 1872


Corot's landscapes developed from the classical landscape tradition and strongly influenced the young Impressionists. He trained in his native Paris, having persuaded his parents that his future was with painting rather than the family textile business. In 1825 he travelled to Italy and made many drawings and oil sketches in the open air in and around Rome. These are remarkable for their naturalism and sensitivity to tone as well as colour. His finished paintings were carefully worked up in the studio. From the 1850s he developed a softer style, using grey-green tones which proved very popular with nineteenth-century collectors in France and Britain.

Glossary terms

  • A movement in art, literature and music in the 18th and 19th centuries that rejected neoclassical restraint in favour of emotion and individual expression.