Thursday, May 26, 2011
A Little Something for Corot Lovers
I've had a thing for Corot since college. Back then, I wasn't supposed to like him, but I did anyway, Now, he's like an old friend to whom I return for solace and inspiration. At first, I liked those wonderful plein air Italian landscapes from his youth before he was "Corot". I still do, but gradually, I came to love his tremulous, fragile, lusciously atmospheric later work.
Christopher Volpe has a great post up on his blog about Corot's palette and also a good link to a detail view of one of his paintings. Click on over and take a look.
Corot, by all accounts, was a happy camper- enjoying life when he was unknown as much as he did after he became famous. He was generous and kind (he bought a house for the penniless Daumier in his later years) and prolific to a ripe old age. And he is the author of one of my favorite quotes about painting:
"I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven."
So do I.