JEAN BAPTISTE CAMILLE COROT
Jean-Baptise Camille Corot was born in Paris in 1796. He was first apprenticed to a draper but when he was 26 decided to pursue an artistic career. He studied in the studios of Achille-Etna Michallon and Jean-Victor Bertin. After his apprenticeships, Corot was funded by his father to travel to Italy, from where he sent his first Salon entry in 1827, exhibiting there regularly until 1875 and winning several awards. Towards the end of his life Corot was able to earn large amounts for his pictures and he gave much to charity. He bought a house for the impoverished and blind Honoré Daumier. Corot’s landscapes provided a legacy for many artists, perhaps most notably the Impressionists. Monet said of him: ‘There is only one master here—Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing.’ Many artists claimed Corot as their master; these include Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, and Eugène Boudin. Corot died in 1875.