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Jean-Baptiste Corot


The originality of Corot lies in the simplicity of its landscapes. Without trying to idealize them, without excessive finish, he faithfully renders the relationship between volumes and tones, light and atmosphere. His landscapes pave the way for a new modernity, far from the whimsical flights of a Turner. Corot lays the foundations of Impressionism, although this latter current finds enrichment in different or contrary ways. In Corot's canvases, the simplicity of the motif allows the delicate play of tones to express itself. On many paintings, a silvery light bathes the place, and the thousand shades of colors render the incessant changes of the sky without corrupting the harmony of the tone. Things are not visible from each other but blend into the landscape. We speak of a spirit of synthesis. Honfleur, a boat under construction, while being made at the start of her career, presents the first elements of this spirit of synthesis: the background seems to have been worked like a watercolor, where sky and earth merge.