ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1796-1875
French painter Camille Corot is a crucial figure in the study of nineteenth century art, primarily because of the way his style and modernisation can be related to various qualities of Realism, Romanticism and Impressionism. He was part of the Barbizan school, along with Jean-Francois Millet, Theodore Rousseau and Charles-Francois Daubigny, and embraced a soft plein-air style of Constable/Turner-inspired landscapes with elements of neo-classicism. However, this unique style was often critiqued and many of Corot’s early works were rejected entirely from the Salon exhibition.
Corot’s use of colour is also interesting. He was renowned for avoiding bright shades, unlike many of the major Impressionists, giving his work a harmonious aesthetic quality noticeable from the moment you see one of his paintings.