Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot
French Realist Landscape Painter
Cause of Death - He died of heart failure in Paris on February 22, 1875 and was buried at Père Lachaise.
Camille Corot Biography
Camille Corot was born in Paris on July 26, 1796, into a family of
upper-class merchants and bankers. His family embraced culture and
young Camille grew up surrounded by music, art and literature. He
worked in the business world before dedicating himself, at the age of
twenty-six, to art fulltime. Eminent art historian and author, John C.
Corot traveled widely, sketching old ruins in Italy and Greece. According to his biographer, Mary Schell Hoke Bacon, "It is told that when he first went to study in Italy, Corot longed to transfer the moving scenes before him to canvas; but people moved too quickly for him, so he methodically set about learning how to do with a few strokes what he would otherwise have laboured over. So he reduced his sketching to such a science that he became able to sketch a ballet in full movement; and it is remarked that this practice trained him for presenting the tremulousness of leaves of trees, which he did so exquisitely."
He painted in almost complete obscurity until 1848 when he was
discovered by the art world. Carot's masterpieces were soon in huge
demand. During his lifetime he donated much of his income to help
the less fortunate, funding preschools, providing food for the poor and
supporting struggling painters. In 1846 the French government decorated
him with the cross of the Legion of Honour. He died in Paris on
February 22, 1875 and was buried at Père Lachaise.
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References - Pictures Every Child Should Know by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon