Landscape at Ville D’Avray, 1865-1870
A leading painter of the 19th century School in France, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) studied plein air painting and neo-classicism with the landscape painters Achille Etna Michallon and Jean-Victor Bertin. Corot created more than 3,000 paintings in his lifetime and was a supportive mentor to many younger artists.
His choice of subject matter influenced other artists greatly, both in Europe and in the United States. Many of his paintings reference the escalating urbanization that was occurring in the countryside close to Paris. Landscape at Ville D’Avray was painted ten miles west of Paris at the Ville d’Avray, near the Corot family country house.
The buildings in the middle background were known as Cabassud houses. The peasants depicted in the foreground challenged contemporaneous viewers to empathize with their arduous livelihoods, and also to recognize their own dependence on rural communities for food and sustenance.
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