Souvenir of Mortefontaine by Camille Corot

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Souvenir of Mortefontaine by Camille Corot Souvenir of Mortefontaine by Camille Corot

Title: Souvenir of Mortefontaine

Artist: Camille Corot (1796 – 1875)

Nationality: French

Completion Date: 1864

Style: Realism

Genre: Landscape

Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris

One of Corot’s poetic masterpieces, this painting is one of most successful works. As it incorporates the realistic elements of a real world image, but romanticize in such a way as to create a dreamlike image, Corot’s work can be seen as a bridge between Realism and Impressionism. In the 1860’s Corot became interested in the art of photography, and this is apparent in the way this painting is presented, as it resembles an early blurry landscape photograph. Unlike most landscape paintings, this one was not created from real life, but from Corot’s remembrance of the ways in which the light played off the water and leaves of the trees.

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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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