Claude Lorrain - A popular French painter
Claude Lorrain was a popular French painter who was born in Claude Gellée in 1600. He was also a draughtsman and etcher of the Baroque era. Claude was considered as one of the most important artists who spent most of his life in Italy. He used to create landscape painting which turned into a prestigious genre of history paintings. Claude mainly concentrated on landscape paintings, and by the end of 1630, he became an established landscapist.
The early life of Claude Lorrain
At a very early age, Claude Lorrain started exploring his painting skills. He mainly focused on landscape painting, seeking to present a view of nature more beautifully and thoughtfully. In order to make the landscape painting more beautiful, Claude used the classical concepts that often contain religious figures and classical ruins. From the mid of 19th century, Claude's poetic rendering of light was influential among the new artists.
This famous landscape painter was born in a low-income family and received very less schooling. When he was twelve years old, his parents died. And then, he traveled to Rome, where he was trained as an artist by Agostino Tassi. Claude was with Goffredo Wals in Naples for two years, where he mainly gave his interest and focus to landscape painting. Claude went back to Nancy after leaving Tassi in 1625. And in 1626 -27, Claude settled in Rome. In the future, Claude joined the painter Academy of St, Luke to expand his art career. He died in November 1682.
Popular artwork by Claude Lorrain:
Some of the popular artworks by Claude Lorrain are mentioned below:-
- Seaport at sunset (1639), Louvre
- The Roman Campagna (1639)
- Sunrise (1646–47), Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Worship of the Golden Calf (1653)
- An Artist Studying from Nature, 1639
- Landscape with a Piping Shepherd
- Landscape with Ascanius Shooting the Stag of Sylvia
- Wash drawing of a view of the Campagna
- The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba
His famous artworks are still available in multiple art galleries for the audience to check out.