"b. Paris, 1796. Studied art against the wishes of his family, instructed first by Michallon, afterward by Victor Bertin, and then spent several years in Italy. At first unsuccessful in obtaining recognition, Corot's works afterward became so popular that his income for several years averaged over two thousand francs from his profession alone. He was an officer of the Legion of Honor, and received many medals. d. 1875. His works are now in great demand, and bring high prices. " In originality of mind, and force, purity, and individual- ity of aim and character, corot seems to be the most consider- able figure that has appeared in the art world of France during this century. The great aim of corot was to harmonize manner or treatment with the love of nature, or, like Turner - whom he resembled in this respect - with material substances to convey the impression made on a poetic mind by the aspects of nature. - S.G.W. Benjamin, in Contemporary Art in Europe. " Corot is a poet. Nature is subjective to his mental vision. He is no seer, is not profound, but is sensitive, and, as it were, clairvoyant, seeing the spirit more than the forms of things. there is a bewitching mystery and suggestiveness in his apprehension of the landscape, united to a pensive joyousness and absorption of self in the scene that is very uncommon in his race. contemplation and sympathetic recep- tion of nature's language are quickened by his compositions. they are no transcripts of scenery, but pictures of the mind. to soothe, to give repose, to evoke dreamy sentiment, such is their mission. - Jarves, Art Thoughts. " Corot is par excellence the painter of morning. He can render with more felicity than any one else the silvery light of the dewy fields, the vague foliage of trees mirrored in calm water. - Rene Menard." [P. 30.]
Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company, 1883.