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Camille Corot at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Camille Corot (1796-1875) was a leading figure in the Barbizon school🎨 of France in the mid-nineteenth century. He is a pivotal figure in landscape painting and his vast output simultaneously references the Neo-Classical tradition and anticipates the plein-air innovations of Impressionism.

  • The most important things in a painting are Form and Value. Color comes last - like a friend you welcome.
  • Le cose più importanti in un dipinto sono Forma e Valore. Il colore arriva per ultimo, come un amico che accetti.
  • The first things to study are form and values. For me, these are the things that are the basics of what is serious in art.
  • Le prime cose da studiare sono la forma e i valori. Per me, queste sono le cose che sono le basi di ciò che è serio nell'arte.
  • Art is nature as seen through a temperament.
  • L'arte è vista naturalmente attraverso il temperamento.
  • Never lose the first impression which has moved you.
  • Non perdere mai la prima impressione che ti ha commosso.
  • Listen to the advice of others, but follow only what you understand and can unite in your own feeling. Be firm, be meek, but follow your own convictions. It is better to be nothing than an echo of other painters.