Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 – 1875) was known for small plein air (out-of-doors) paintings as well as large mythological works created in the studio.  He began to paint at the age of 26, and with the support of his well-to-do family was able to devote himself to study and travel.  His first paintings were accepted into the Paris Salon in 1827, when he was 31.  At the time, acceptance into the Salons was necessary for an artist’s success.  By his early fifties Corot was a juror for the Salon, a sign that he had arrived.

Photo from Victor Laisné, Histoire des artistes vivants, français et étrangers, peintres, sculpteurs, architectes, graveurs, photographes : études d'après nature, Paris: E. Blanchard, 1850