My Daily Art

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Grands arbres, 1855. oil on canvas, 36.2 x 44.5 cm. On long-term loan from The Winnipeg Foundation; Bequest of Kathleen Burrows Lightcap, 853.96.⁠

From the surreal images of the northern Manitoba landscape to the fields and forests of 19th-century France, I wanted to share a painting by the French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875).

Corot died the year after the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris but in many ways his landscapes anticipate the colour and brushwork of the Impressionists. Perhaps most importantly, he helped lay the groundwork for the practice of painting outdoors or en plein air. This painting from the WAG collection recalls the forests of Fontainebleau located about 60 km from Paris. Some of these works were called “souvenirs” because the artist painted them largely from memory. It’s like the memory of our favourite landscape. We know it for the terrain, the colours, sounds, and even scents – things we don’t easily forget.

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One response to “My Daily Art”

  1. Heather Beecroft says:

    Reminds me of time that I’ve spent in France!
    Thank you Stephen!

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