Jean Baptiste Camille Corot

French Barbizon School

1786 - 1875

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was a French landscape painter and printmaker in etching. Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon School of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.

Camille Corot was born in Paris in 1796, in a house at 125 Rue du Bac, now demolished. His family were bourgeois people-his father was a wigmaker and his mother a milliner-and unlike the experience of some of his artistic colleagues, throughout his life he never felt the want of money, as his parents made good investments and ran their businesses well. After his parents married, they bought the millinery shop where she had worked and he gave up his career as a wigmaker to run the business side of the shop. The store was a famous destination for fashionable Parisians and earned the family an excellent income. Corot was the middle of three children born to the family, who lived above their shop during those years.

Corot received a scholarship to study in Rouen, but left after having scholastic difficulties and entered a boarding school. He "was not a brilliant student, and throughout his entire school career he did not get a single nomination for a prize, not even for the drawing classes." Unlike many masters who demonstrated early talent and inclinations toward art, before 1815 Corot showed no such interest. During those years he lived with the Sennegon family, whose patriarch was a friend of Corot's father and who spent much time with young Corot on nature walks. It was in this region that Corot made his first paintings of nature. At nineteen, Corot was a "big child, shy and awkward. He blushed when spoken to. Before the beautiful ladies who frequented his mother's salon, he was embarrassed and fled like a wild thing…Emotionally, he was an affectionate and well-behaved son, who adored his mother and trembled when his father spoke." When Corot's parents moved into a new residence in 1817, the twenty-one year old Corot moved into the dormer-windowed room on the third floor, which became his first studio as well.

With his father's help he apprenticed to a draper, but he hated commercial life and despised what he called "business tricks", yet he faithfully remained in the trade until he was 26, when his father consented to his adopting the profession of art. Later Corot stated, "I told my father that business and I were simply incompatible, and that I was getting a divorce." The business experience proved beneficial, however, by helping him develop an aesthetic sense through his exposure to the colors and textures of the fabrics. Perhaps out of boredom, he turned to oil painting around 1821 and began immediately with landscapes. Starting in 1822 after the death of his sister, Corot began receiving a yearly allowance of 1500 francs which adequately financed his new career, studio, materials, and travel for the rest of his life. He immediately rented a studio on quai Voltaire.

During the period when Corot acquired the means to devote himself to art, landscape painting was on the upswing and generally divided into two camps: one historical landscape by Neoclassicists in Southern Europe representing idealized views of real and fancied sites peopled with ancient, mythological, and biblical figures; and two realistic landscape, more common in Northern Europe, which was largely faithful to actual topography, architecture, and flora, and which often showed figures of peasants. In both approaches, landscape artists would typically begin with outdoor sketching and preliminary painting, with finishing work done indoors. Highly influential upon French landscape artists in the early 19th century was the work of Englishmen John Constable and J.M.W. Turner, who reinforced the trend in favor of Realism and away from Neoclassicism.

For a short period between 1821-1822, Corot studied with Achille-Etna Michallon, a landscape painter of Corot's age who was a protégé of the painter David and who was already a well-respected teacher. Michallon had a great influence on Corot's career. Corot's drawing lessons included tracing lithographs, copying three-dimensional forms, and making landscape sketches and paintings outdoors, especially in the forests of Fontainebleau, the seaports along Normandy, and the villages west of Paris such as Ville-d'Avray (where his parents had a country house). Michallon also exposed him to the principles of the French Neoclassic tradition, as espoused in the famous treatise of theorist Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes, and exemplified in the works of French Neoclassicists Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, whose major aim was the representation of ideal Beauty in nature, linked with events in ancient times.

Though this school was on the decline, it still held sway in the Salon, the foremost art exhibition in France attended by thousands at each event. Corot later stated, "I made my first landscape from nature…under the eye of this painter, whose only advice was to render with the greatest scrupulousness everything I saw before me. The lesson worked; since then I have always treasured precision." After Michallon's early death in 1822, Corot studied with Michallon's teacher, Jean-Victor Bertin, among the best known Neoclassic landscape painters in France, who had Corot draw copies of lithographs of botanical subjects to learn precise organic forms. Though holding Neoclassicists in the highest regard, Corot did not limit his training to their tradition of allegory set in imagined nature. His notebooks reveal precise renderings of tree trunks, rocks, and plants which show the influence of Northern realism. Throughout his career, Corot demonstrated an inclination to apply both traditions in his work, sometimes combining the two.

With his parents support, Corot followed the well-established pattern of French painters who went to Italy to study the masters of the Italian Renaissance and to draw the crumbling monuments of Roman antiquity. A condition by his parents before leaving was that he paints a self-portrait for them, his first. Corot's stay in Italy from 1825 to 1828 was a highly formative and productive one, during which he completed over 200 drawings and 150 paintings. He worked and traveled with several young French painters also studying abroad, who painted together and socialized at night in the cafes, critiquing each other and gossiping. Corot learned little from the Renaissance masters (though later he cited Leonardo da Vinci as his favorite painter) and spent most of his time around Rome and in the Italian countryside. The Farnese Gardens with its splendid views of the ancient ruins was a frequent destination, and he painted it at three different times of the day. The training was particularly valuable in gaining an understanding of the challenges of both the mid-range and panoramic perspective, and in effectively placing man-made structures in a natural setting. He also learned how to give buildings and rocks the effect of volume and solidity with proper light and shadow, while using a smooth and thin technique. Furthermore, placing suitable figures in a secular setting was a necessity of good landscape painting, to add human context and scale, and it was even more important in allegorical landscapes. To that end Corot worked on figure studies in native costume as well as nude. During winter, he spent time in a studio but returned to work outside as quickly as weather permitted. The intense light of Italy posed considerably challenges, "This sun gives off a light that makes me despair. It makes me feel the utter powerlessness of my palette." He learned to master the light and to paint the stones and sky in subtle and dramatic variation.

Castle Sant Angelo: ca 1826-27

The Castle Sant' Angelo was originally a round tomb built on the Tiber River to hold the remains of the Emperor Hadrian. The Hadrianeum or Hadrian's Mausoleum was begun by Hadrian in 130 AD and finished in 139, a year after his death. During the middle ages, Hadrian's tomb was converted into a castle to defend Rome. It was linked to the Vatican by an underground passage. Many Popes lived in this castle.

Le Colisee Vu Des Jardins Farnese

Rome Monte Pinco the Trinita dei Monte
View from the Garden of the Academie de France: ca 1826-28

The Coliseum Seen through Arches of the Basilica of Constantine: 1825

The soaring structure of the Basilica of Constantine (Basilica Nova or Basilica Maxentius) was begun by Maxentius in AD 306 and completed by Constantine sometime after AD 313. Much like the great imperial baths, the basilica consisted of a central nave spanned by cross vaults with the side aisles divided by wide arches supported on massive piers. It was in the semicircular apse at the west end of the nave that fragments of the colossal statue of Constantine were found. One of the great architectural achievements of classical antiquity, only the north aisle of the basilica probably survived an earthquake in AD 847.

The Convent of Saint Onofrio on the Janiculum: 1826

The Trinita dei Monti
View from the Villa Medici: ca 1830-34

In 1494 Saint Francis of Paola, a hermit from Calabria bought a vineyard from the Papal scholar and former patriarch of Aquileia, Ermolao Barbaro, and then obtained the authorization from Pope Alexander VI to establish a monastery. In 1502, Louis XII of France began construction of the church of Trinità dei Monti next to this monastery, to celebrate his successful invasion of Naples. Construction began in a customarily French style with pointed late Gothic arches. Construction lagged, and a more conventionally Italian Renaissance church, with Carlo Maderno's façade, was finally consecrated in 1585 by the great urbanize Pope Sixtus V, whose via Sistina connected the Piazza below with the Porta del Popolo, the main north entrance to Rome.

The Bourbon kings of France remained patrons of the church. During the Napoleonic occupation of Rome, the church, like many others in Rome, was despoiled of its artwork and decoration. After the Bourbon restoration Louis XVIII, the looted artwork was returned, and the present façade was commissioned in 1816 from Carlo Francesco Mazois.

In 1828, under an agreement worked out by Pope Leo XII and Charles X of France, the church and monastery were entrusted to the "Religieuses du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus", a French religious order. The Society of the Sacred Heart, as it is otherwise known, remains headquartered there today.

Rome - View from the Farnese Gardens Morning: 1826

View from the Farnese Gardens combines a panoramic view of Rome with the more intimate, shaded space of a walled garden in the foreground. Corot skillfully conveyed the fresh quality of morning light, imparting definition to the buildings through strongly contrasted areas of sun and shade. In the foreground, two trees frame the scene. Their vertical shapes are repeated in the distant cypress trees and in the shuttered windows of the city. The horizontal wall and the mountains balance the verticals, demonstrating Corot's exquisite sense of classical design.

View from the Farnese Gardens Noon
aka Study of the Coliseum: 1826

It was not only Italian architecture and light which captured Corot's attention. The late-blooming Corot was entranced with Italian females as well, "They still have the most beautiful women in the world that I have met….their eyes, their shoulders, their hands, and their asses are spectacular. In that, they surpass our women, but on the other hand, they are not their equals in grace and kindness…Myself, as a painter I prefer the Italian woman, but I lean toward the French woman when it comes to emotion." In spite of his strong attraction to women, he writes of his commitment to painting, "I have only one goal in life that I want to pursue faithfully: to make landscapes. This firm resolution keeps me from a serious attachment. That is to say, in marriage…but my independent nature and my great need for serious study make me take the matter lightly."

Italienerin mit Krug: 1826-28

Italienne assise jouant de la mandoline: 1865-70

Gypsy Girl with a Mandolim: 1874

Interrupted Reading: ca 1865-1870

During the six-year period following his first Italian visit and his second, Corot focused on preparing large landscapes for presentation at the Salon. Several of his salon paintings were adaptations of his Italian oil sketches reworked in the studio by adding imagined, formal elements consistent with Neoclassical principles. An example of this was his first Salon entry, View at Narni (1827), where he took his quick, natural study of a ruin of a Roman aqueduct in dusty bright sun and transformed it into an falsely idyllic pastoral setting with giant shade trees and green lawns, a conversion meant to appeal to the Neoclassical jurors. Many critics have valued highly his plein-air Italian paintings for their "germ of Impressionism", their faithfulness to natural light, and their avoidance of academic values, even though they were intended as studies (or as he termed them "etudes"). Several decades later, Impressionism revolutionized art by a taking a similar approach-quick, spontaneous painting done in the out-of-doors; however, where the Impressionists used rapidly applied, un-mixed colors to capture light and mood, Corot usually mixed and blended his colors to get his dreamy effects.

The Augustan Bridge at Narni: 1826

The Augustan Bridge at Narni (Detail): 1826

When out of the studio, Corot traveled throughout France, mirroring his Italian methods, and concentrated on rustic landscapes. He returned to the Normandy coast and to Rouen, the city he lived in as a youth. Corot also did some portraits of friends and relatives, and received his first commissions. His sensitive portrait of his niece, Laure Sennegon, dressed in powder blue, was one of his most successful and was later donated to the Louvre. He typically painted two copies of each family portrait, one for the subject and one for the family, and often made copies of his landscapes as well. Corot exhibited one portrait and several landscapes at the Salon in 1831 and 1833. His reception by the critics at the Salon was cool and Corot decided to return to Italy, having failed to satisfy them with his Neoclassical themes.

Laure Sennegon: 1831

Portrait of Octavie Sennegon, the artist's niece: 1833

Madame Charmois: 1837

"Claire Sennegon, Corot's Neice, Later Madame Charmois" was painted by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in Oil on canvas during the Realism epoch in 1837.

During his two return trips to Italy, he visited Northern Italy, Venice, and again the Roman countryside. In 1835, Corot created a sensation at the Salon with his biblical painting Agar dans le desert (Hagar in the Wilderness), which depicted Hagar, Sarah's handmaiden, and the child Ishmael, dying of thirst in the desert until saved by an angel. The background was likely derived from an Italian study. This time, Corot's unanticipated bold, fresh statement of the Neoclassical ideal succeeded with the critics by demonstrating "the harmony between the setting and the passion or suffering that the painter chooses to depict in it." He followed that up with other biblical and mythological subjects but those paintings did not succeed as well, as the Salon critics found him wanting in comparisons with Poussin. In 1837, he painted his earliest surviving nude, The Nymph of the Seine. Later, he advised his students "The study of the nude, you see, is the best lesson that a landscape painter can have. If someone knows how, without any tricks, to get down a figure, he is able to make a landscape; otherwise he can never do it."

Hagar in the Wilderness: 1835

A Nymph Playing with Cupid: Salon of 1857

Idylle: 1859

Le Toilette
aka Landscape with Figures: 1859

Through the 1840's, Corot continued to have his troubles with the critics (many of his works were flatly rejected for salon exhibition) nor were many works purchased by the public. While recognition and acceptance by the establishment came slowly, by 1845 Baudelaire led a charge pronouncing Corot the leader in the "modern school of landscape painting". While some critics found Corot's colors "pale" and his work having "naive awkwardness", Baudelaire astutely responded, "M. Corot is more a harmonist than a colorist, and his compositions, which are always entirely free of pedantry, are seductive just because of their simplicity of color." In 1846, the French government decorated him with the cross of the Légion d'Honneur and in 1848 he was awarded a second-class medal at the Salon, but he received little state patronage as a result. His only commissioned work was a religious painting for a baptismal chapel painted in 1847, in the manner of the Renaissance masters. Though the establishment kept holding back, other painters acknowledged Corot's growing stature. In 1847, Delacroix noted in his journal, "Corot is a true artist. One has to see a painter in his own place to get an idea of his worth…Corot delves deeply into a subject: ideas come to him and he adds while working; it's the right approach." Upon Delacroix's recommendation, the painter Constant Dutilleux, bought a Corot painting and began a long and rewarding relationship with the artist, bringing him friendship and patrons. Corot's public treatment dramatically improved after the Revolution of 1848, when he was admitted as a member of the Salon jury. He was promoted to an officer of the Salon in 1867.

The French Revolution of 1848

Louis-Philippe I, the last King of the French

The King's decision was a victory for the campaigning reformers and resulted in spontaneous celebration by the demonstrating crowds. More and more people flocked to the streets on February 23rd and finally, in the evening, a group of demonstrators clashed with a detachment of troops in the Boulevard des Capucines. The troops panicked and fired into the crowd, killing or wounding between forty or fifty people. Rumor of the incident spread and caused the large crowd to revolt and during the night, a large number of barricades were erected in the streets of Paris.

Paris, February 1848

Louis Philippe's failure to form a new, more liberal, ministry and his lacking ability to use the army or the National Guard to repress the rebellion, shows how unpopular his regime had become. Faced with a large rebellious crowd and left with no defenders, the King abdicated on the 24th and left for an exile in England shortly before the crowds attacked the royal palace.

Having forsaken any long-term relationships with women, Corot remained very close to his parents even in his fifties, as a contemporary revealed, "Corot is a man of principle, unconsciously Christian; he surrenders all his freedom to his mother…he has to beg her repeatedly to get permission to go out…for dinner every other Friday." Apart from his frequent travels, Corot remained closely tethered to his family until his parents died, then at last he gained the freedom to go as he pleased. That freedom allowed him to take on students for informal sessions. Future Impressionist Camille Pissarro was briefly among them. Corot's vigor and perceptive advice impressed his students. Charles Daubigny stated, "He's a perfect Old Man Joy, this Father Corot. He is altogether a wonderful man, who mixes jokes in with his very good advice." Another student said of Corot, "the newspapers had so distorted Corot, putting Theocritus and Virgil in his hands, that I was quite surprised to find him knowing neither Greek nor Latin…His welcome is very open, very free, very amusing: he speaks or listens to you while hopping on one foot or on two; he sings snatches of opera in a very true voice", but he has a "shrewd, biting side carefully hidden behind his good nature."

By the mid-1850's, Corot's increasingly impressionistic style began to get the recognition that fixed his place in French art, "M. Corot excels…in reproducing vegetation in its fresh beginnings; he marvelously renders the firstlings of the new world." From the 1850's on, Corot painted many landscape souvenirs and paysages, dreamy imagined paintings of remembered locations from earlier visits painted with lightly and loosely dabbed strokes.

In the 1860's, Corot was still mixing peasant figures with mythological ones, mixing Neoclassicism with Realism, causing one critic to lament, "If M. Corot would kill, once and for all, the nymphs of his woods and replace them with peasants, I should like him beyond measure." In reality, in later life his human figures did increase and the nymphs did decrease, but even the human figures were often set in idyllic reveries.

In later life, Corot's studio was filled with students, models, friends, collectors, and dealers who came and went under the tolerant eye of the master, causing him to quip, "Why is it that there are ten of you around me, and not one of you thinks to relight my pipe." Dealers snapped up his works and his prices were often above 4,000 francs per painting. With his success secured, Corot gave generously of his money and time. He became an elder of the artists' community and would use his influence to gain commissions for other artists. In 1871 he gave £2000 for the poor of Paris, under siege by the Prussians. The actual Paris Commune he was at Arras with Alfred Robaut. In 1872 he bought a house in Auvers as a gift for Honoré Daumier, who by then was blind, without resources, and homeless. In 1875 he donated 10.000 francs to the widow of Millet in support of her children. His charity was near proverbial. He also financially supported the upkeep of a day center for children on rue Vandrezanne in Paris. In later life, he remained a humble and modest man, apolitical and happy with his luck in life, and held close the belief that, "men should not puff themselves up with pride, whether they are emperors adding this or that province to their empires or painter who gain a reputation."

Despite great success and appreciation among artists, collectors, and the more generous critics, his many friends considered, nevertheless, that he was officially neglected, and in 1874, a short time before his death, they presented him with a gold medal.

He died in Paris of a stomach disorder and was buried at Père Lachaise.

A number of followers called themselves Corot's pupils. The best known are Camille Pissarro, Eugène Boudin, Berthe Morisot, Stanislas Lépine, Antoine Chintreuil, François-Louis Français, Le Roux, and Alexandre DeFaux.

Corot was the leading painter of the Barbizon School of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting. His work simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism. Of him Claude Monet exclaimed "There is only one master here-Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing." His contributions to figure painting are hardly less important; Degas preferred his figures to his landscapes, and the classical figures of Picasso pay overt homage to Corot's influence.

Historians somewhat arbitrarily divided his work into periods, but the point of division is never certain, as he often completed a picture years after he began it. In his early period, he painted traditionally and "tight" - with minute exactness, clear outlines, thin brush work, and with absolute definition of objects throughout. After his 50th year his methods changed to focus on breadth of tone and an approach to poetic power conveyed with thicker application of paint, and about 20 years later, from about 1865 onwards, his manner of painting became full of mystery and poetry, created with a more impressionistic touch. In part, this evolution in expression can be seen as marking the transition from the plein-air paintings of his youth, shot through with warm natural light, to the studio-created landscapes of his late maturity, enveloped in uniform tones of silver. In his final 10 years he became the "Père (Father) Corot" of Parisian artistic circles, where he was regarded with personal affection, and acknowledged as one of the five or six greatest landscape painters the world has seen, along with Hobbema, Claude Lorrain, Turner and Constable. In his long productive life, he painted over 3,000 paintings.

Corot approached his landscapes more traditionally than is usually believed. By comparing even his late period tree-painting and arrangements to those of Claude Lorrain, such as that which hangs in the Bridgewater gallery, the similarity in methods is seen. Compared to the Impressionists who came later, Corot's palette is restrained, dominated with browns and blacks ("forbidden colors" among the Impressionists) along with dark and silvery green. Though appearing at times to be rapid and spontaneous, usually his strokes were controlled and careful, and his compositions well-thought out and generally rendered as simply and concisely as possible, heightening the poetic effect of the imagery. As he stated, "I noticed that everything that was done correctly on the first attempt was more true, and the forms more beautiful."

In the 1860's, Corot became interested in photography, taking photos himself and becoming acquainted with many early photographers, which had the effect of suppressing his painting palette even more in sympathy with the monochromic tones of photographs. This had the result of making his paintings even less dramatic but somewhat more poetic, a result which caused some critics to cite a monotony in his later output. Théophile Thoré wrote that Corot "has only a single octave, extremely limited and in a minor key; a musician would say. He knows scarcely more than a single time of day, the morning, and a single color, pale grey." Corot responded:

"What there is to see in painting, or rather what I am looking for, is the form, the whole, the value of the tones…That is why for me the color comes after, because I love more than anything else the overall effect, the harmony of the tones, while color gives you a kind of shock that I don't like. Perhaps it is the excess of this principal that makes people say I have leaden tones."

In his aversion to shocking color, Corot sharply diverged from the up-and-coming Impressionists, who embraced experimentation with vivid hues.

In addition to the landscapes (so popular was the late style that there exist numerous forgeries), Corot produced a number of prized figure pictures. While the subjects were sometimes placed in pastoral settings, these were mostly studio pieces, drawn from the live model with both specificity and subtlety. Like his landscapes, they are characterized by a contemplative lyricism, with his late paintings 5 (Algerian Woman) and La Jeune Grecque (The Greek Girl) being fine examples. Corot painted about fifty portraits, mostly of family and friends. He also painted thirteen reclining nudes, with his Les Repos (1860) strikingly similar in pose to Ingres famous Le Grande Odalisque (1814), but Corot's female is instead a rustic bacchante. In perhaps his last figure painting, "Lady in Blue" (1874), Corot achieves an effect reminiscent of Degas, soft yet expressive. In all cases of his figure painting, the color is restrained and is remarkable for its strength and purity. Corot also executed many etchings and pencil sketches. Some of the sketches used a system of visual symbols-circles representing areas of light and squares representing shadow. He also experimented with the cliché-verre process-a hybrid of photography and engraving. Starting in the 1830's, Corot also painted decorative panels and walls in the homes of friends, aided by his students.

L'Algerienne: 1865-1870

La Jeune Grecque

Odalisque: 1843

Nymphe: 1855-58

Lady in Blue: 1874

Corot summed up his approach to art around 1860, "I interpret with my art as much as with my eye."

The works of Corot are housed in museums in France and the Netherlands, Britain and America.

The Following Works of Jean Baptiste Camille Corot are Presented in Neither Thematic Nor Chronological Order

A Cow and its Keeper: 1870-72

A Dune at Dunkirk: 1873

A Farm in the Nievre: 1831

A Road near Arras: ca 1853-59

A Shady Resting Place
aka Le Dormoir: 1873

A Village near Beauvais: ca 1850-55

A Village Steeet Dardagny: ca 1853

A Windmill in Montmartre: ca 1845


An Orchard at Harvest Time: ca 1850-60

Arbres Tordus Sur Une Crete

Arleux du Nord
The Drocourt Mill on the Sensee: 1871

Avignon Seen from Villenueve les Avignon: 1836

Bell Tower of the Church of Saint Paterne at Orleans: 1840-45

Basilica of Constantine: 1826-28

Between Lake Geneva and the Alps: 1825

Boid Guillaumi near Rouen
A Gate Flanked by Two Posts: ca 1823

Breton Women at the Fountain: ca 1840-44

Canal in Picardi: ca 1865-71

Civita Castellana and Mount Soracte: 1826

Civita Castelland Buildings High in the Rocks
aka La Porta San Salvatore: ca 1826-27

Cowherd by the Water: ca 1865-70

Crecy en Brie Road in the Country: ca 1870-72

Democrito e gli Abderiti: 1841

Diana Surprised at Her Bath: 1836


Entrance to a Chalet in the Bernese Oberland: ca 1842

Evening Distant Tower: ca 1860-65

Evening Landscape
aka The Ferryman Evening: 1839

Fillete A L etude En Train D'Ecrire

First Leaves near Nantes: ca 1855

Fisherman Boating along a Wooded Landscape: ca 1860

Florence - The Boboli Gardens: ca 1834-35

Fontainebleau Black Oaks of Bas Breau: ca 1832-33

Fontainebleau Storm over the Plains: 1822

Fontainebleau the Bas Breau Road: ca 1830-35

Fontainebleau - The Raging One: ca 1830

Frau mit Mandoline

Frau mit Margeriten: 1868-70

Gardens of the Villa d'Este at Tivoli: 1843

Geneva View of Part of the City: ca 1834-35

Genzano Goatherd and Village: 1843

Gisors Riviere Bordee D'arbres

Goatherds on the Borromean Islands: ca 1866

Head of Bearded Man

Honfleur Calvary on the Cote de Grace: ca 1829-30

Honfleur - The Old Wharf: ca 1824-25

A Civita Castellana Rochers Boises

Forum Viewed From The Farnese Gardens

Jeune Femme au puits: 1865-70


La Cervara the Roman Countryside: ca 1830-31

La Meditation

La Monta Soracte: 1826

La Rochelle Quarry near the Port Entrance: 1851

La Zingara: 1865-70

Landscape by the Lake: ca 1865-70

Landscape Setting Sun
aka The Little Shepherd: 1840

Landscape with A Lake

Large Sharecropping Farm: ca 1860-65

Le cours d'eau a la tour carree: 1865-70

Le Joueur De Flute Du Lac D'Albano

Le Marais Au Grand Arbre Et A La Chevriere

Le Monastere Derriere Les Arbres

Le Quai des Paquis Geneva: 1842

Le torrent pierreaux: ca 1865-70


Les Denicheurs Toscans

Les Petits Denicheurs

Marais De Cuicy Pres Douai

Marino Large Buildings on the Rocks: 1826-27

Meadow with Two Large Trees: 1865-70

Mont Soracte: ca 1826-27

Morning by the Water: 1870-73

Morning: ca 1855-65

Nantes the Cathedral and the City Seen through the Trees: 1865-69

Old Bridge at Limay on the Seine: ca 1870

Olevano the Town and the Rocks: 1827

Orpheus Leading Eurydice from the Underworld: 1861

Papigno Buildings Overlooking the Valley: 1826

Peasants under the Trees at Dawn Morvan: ca 1840-45

Pecheur Au Bord De La Riviere

Ponte Nomentano: 1826-28

Portrait of a Gentleman: 1829

Portrait of a Man

Richmond near London: 1862

Road through Wooded Mountains: ca 1830-35

Rocks in Amalfi: 1828

Saint Nicholas les Arras Willows on the Banks of the Scarpe: 1871-72

Saint Quentin Des Pres

Shipyard in Honfleur: ca 1823

Sitzende Frau mit entblößter Brust: ca 1825

Souvenir of Ville d'Avray: 1872

Stream in the Woods
aka Un ruisseau sous bois: ca 1855-60

Temple of Minerva Medica Rome: 1826

The Aqueduct in the Valley: 1839

The Baptism of Christ: 1845-47

The Belfry of Douai: 1871

The Church at Lormes: ca 1842

The Destruction of Sodom: 1843-57

The Evening Star: 1864

The Italian Goatherd Evening: ca 1847

The Letter: 1865-70

The Poussin Promenade
aka Roman Campagna: ca 1826-28

The Quai des Paquis in Geneva: 1860

The Roman Campaagna with the Claudian Aqueduct: 1826-28

The Roman Campagna
aka La Cervara: ca 1826-27

The Roman Campagna in Winter: ca 1830

Trees and Rocks at La Serpentara: 1827

Venice View of Campo della Carita from the Dome of the Salute: 1834


View at Riva Italian Tyrol: 1835

View near Naples: 1841

View of Genoa from the Promenade of Acqua Sola: 1834

View of Pierrefonds: ca 1834

View of Pincio Italy: ca 1843

View of Saint Lo: 1833

View of the Roman Campagna: 1826

Volterra Church and Bell Tower: 1834

Wooded Peninsula: 1865-68

Woman with a Pearl

The Reader Crowned with Flowers or Virgil's Muse

Madame Legois

Corot's Studio

Mlle Alexina Ledoux

The Girl With The Rose

The Brooding Girl

Fille lisant

Fille avec la madonline


Mademoiselle de Foudras

Venus Bathing

Pensive Woman in Oriental Dress 1879

Self Portrait Sitting next to an Easel

Madame Corot: 1845


Dreamer at the Fountain

Bacchante: 1860

Bacchante Au Tambourin: 1860

Bacchante couchee au bord de la mer: 1865

Of the painters classed in the Barbizon school it is probable that Corot will live the longest, and will continue to occupy the highest position. His art is more individual than Rousseau's, whose works are more strictly traditional; more poetic than that of Daubigny, who is, however, Corot's greatest contemporary rival; and in every sense more beautiful than J. F. Millet, who thought more of stern truth than of aesthetic feeling.

Source: Art Renewal Center

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