Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot- The beacon of Neoclassicism Art


Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot is famous as a French painter, portrait and landscape artist, and printmaker. He was also skilled in etching. He painted with the style of Neo-Classicism and also had considerable influence on the development of Impressionism as a style. Parisian by birth, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot was one of the famous painters of 18th century Europe. Born into a well-to-do family, poverty never shaped Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s talents.

Early Life

Born on July 16, 1796, in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot belonged to a bourgeois family. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s father was a wigmaker, and his mother was a milliner. The family of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot had multiple businesses and investments. Jean-Baptiste was the second of his father’s three children.

He went to study at the Lycee Pierre Corneille on a scholarship but soon transferred to a boarding school. Although Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot was not meritorious, he showed interest in art early on. He later apprenticed to a draper and learned about the business till the age of 26. In 1821, Corot turned towards oil painting, in which his experience at the draper’s shop with the color and texture of fabric helped.

Famous Art Work

Corot’s early works included various landscape paintings. Yet, he also ventured into portrait paintings. Some of his famous artwork is A woman reading, painted in 1870, La Trinité-des-Monts, The Bridge at Narni, painted in 1826. Corot painted View of the Forest of Fontainebleau in 1830.

In 1835, his painting Agar dans le desert created ripples in the Parisian art circle. In 1837, Corot painted a nude painting titled The Nymph of the Seine. One of his later paintings is Ville d’Avray, painted in 1867.

Final years and death

In his later career, Corot entertained students who wanted to learn the art of painting from him. He was famous by then, and friends, art connoisseurs, and dealers frequently visited him. In 1874, Corot was presented with a gold medal by his friends. Shortly after, he died of stomach disorder at the age of 78. Corot now rests at the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.