Corot, Jean Baptiste Camille

[Jean Baptiste Camille Corot] Painter, born Paris, France, 1796; died there, 1875. He first studied art at twenty-six, under Victor Bertin. He was in Rome from 1825-1827 and 1834-1843. He began as a Classicist and painted during this first period several religious pictures, among them "The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian" and a "Baptism of Christ." The latter is in the church of Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet, in Paris. He is famous for his landscapes, done as a member of the Barbizon group and notable for poetic treatment, silvery color, and unusual effects of light. He was beloved by his brother artists for his unfailing kindness and liberality. He was made a commander of the Legion of Honor in 1867. His paintings in the Louvre include "The Pool," "Dancing Nymphs," and "The Road from Sevres." He is well represented in the United States.

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