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Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (17961875)
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot was a French landscape painter. He was a regular contributor to the Salon during his lifetime, and in 1846 was decorated with the cross of the Legion of Honour. Of the painters classed in the Barbizon school Corot will live the longest, and will continue to occupy the highest position.
Pond in the Forest
Italian Landscape
Lake and Boatman
Alexina Legoux
Campagne de Rome
Danses virgiliennes
Rochelle

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Italian Landscape    
about 1835
Oil on canvas
25 x 39 7/8 in.

Composed from memories and from drawings made during Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's travels in Italy, this view is probably a pendant to Landscape with Lake and Boatman, which was shown at the Paris Salon of 1839. First purchased by different collectors, scholars thought the canvases were lost for several decades, until they were offered to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1984. The two paintings depict ideal Italian views that contrast different times of day, emulating the works of Corot's seventeenth-century countryman Claude Lorrain.

The golden morning light bathes this landscape of singing and dancing peasants with antique ruins in the background. To the left, picturesque cows wade in the reflective water, and a contemporary townscape appears in the distance. Like Lorrain, Corot presented a utopian setting in which ancient and modern culture coexist in lyrical harmony.
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