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Shipping c.1830–1840

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796–1875)

Glasgow Life Museums

(b Paris, 17 July 1796; d Paris, 22 Feb. 1875). French painter, mainly of landscapes. His father was a textile merchant and his mother a fashionable dressmaker, and he was expected to follow them into the clothing business. In 1822, however, at the age of 26, he was allowed to give up his commercial career, to which he was ill suited, and devote himself to art, which was his passion; his parents gave him generous financial support, so he was able to follow his own interests without having to worry about earning a living. He studied briefly with Achille-Etna Michallon (who died soon after their association began) and then with Jean-Victor Bertin (1767–1842). Both his teachers had been pupils of Valenciennes, and through them Corot inherited the classical tradition of which Valenciennes had been the main upholder in the previous generation.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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