Tour at Two: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

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  • When Corot became an artist, landscape paintings were a popular genre, but painting direct studies from nature without the trappings of secular or biblical history was a new phenomenon. 
  • Corot was one of the first painters to work in the Fontainebleau forest. It later became a popular destination for artists of the Barbizon School, with whom Corot was friendly. Here, Corot depicts the tranquil setting featuring a paver working alone to facilitate travel through the rural area that was swiftly becoming more enticing.
  • In both style and subject matter, Corot anticipates some of the qualities of the Impressionist painters who were to follow. Note his painterly rendering of the silver-blue skies and brushy trees, coupled with the planes of largely flat color that make up the figure and his surrounding work area in the foreground. The solitary figure of the paver, a working class man, transforms this timeless landscape into a decidedly modern subject.
     

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Paver of the Chailly Road, Fontainebleau, ca. 1830-35; Oil on canvas; Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.25 1.

  • Cuando Corot se convirtió en artista, las pinturas de paisajes eran un género popular. Sin embargo, pintar estudios directos de la naturaleza, sin las trampas de la historia secular o bíblica, era un fenómeno nuevo.
  • Corot fue uno de los primeros pintores en trabajar en el bosque de Fontainebleau. Más tarde se seria un destino popular para los artistas de la Escuela Barbizon, con quienes Corot tenía amistad. Aquí, Corot representa el entorno tranquilo con un empedrador que trabaja para facilitar el viaje en esta área rural que rápidamente se estaba volviendo más atractiva.
  • Tanto en estilo como en materia, Corot anticipa algunas de las cualidades de los pintores impresionistas que vendrían después. Observa su representación pictórica del cielo azul plateado y los árboles frondosos con planos grandes de color neutro, que a su vez exaltan la figura y su área de trabajo en un primer plano. La figura solitaria del empedrador, un hombre de clase trabajadora, transforma este paisaje atemporal en un tema decididamente moderno.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, The Paver of the Chailly Road, Fontainebleau, ca. 1830-35; Óleo sobre lienzo; Legado del Sr. y la Sra. Hugo N. Dixon, 1975.25 1.

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