Sunday, February 17, 2013

Heavy Painting and Corot

Of course, I reworked this painting.  Now the gates can close.

If I want to be the Corot of anything, I must work more deliberately.  In the book Corot in Italy by Peter Galassi, the author writes that Corot complained that his teacher Valenciennes painted too quickly.  Corot spent nearly three weeks in March, 1826 painting three views from the Farnese Gardens, one in the morning, one at midday, and one in the late afternoon.  The Barbizon book I cited earlier claimed that Theodore Rousseau was the first to paint the same view over a course of several days, but in fact Corot did it first, and Valenciennes before him.

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