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Corot Paperback – January 1, 1996


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  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300085877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300085877
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,694,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The quintessential painter of poetic landscapes, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot is often pegged as the direct precursor of the impressionists, or as the last neoclassicist. A more complex sense of the great French innovator is conveyed in this beautiful catalogue of a major retrospective at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Special attention is given to Corot's dramatic history paintings, which made his reputation in the 1840s. He also emerges as an inventive figurative painter who reworked certain recurrent themes, such as oddly manipulated views or figures directly facing the spectator, disconcertingly reversing the roles of the observer and the observed. An interesting essay investigates the problem of hundreds of forgeries, complicated by Corot's peculiar habit of authenticating, retouching or signing spurious copies of his works. This revelatory study gives us the many sides of an artist who ultimately eludes attempts to decode his works. The authors are curators, respectively, at the Metropolitan, the National Gallery of Canada and the Louvre.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

This magnificent scholarly exhibition catalog, which accompanies a retrospective commemorating the bicentennial of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's birth, was compiled by leading curators at the host museums in Paris, New York, and Ottawa. Each author focuses insightfully on a chronological period in Corot's life and oeuvre, relating current Corot scholarship to the earliest work of Alfred Robaut and others. Vincent Pomarede (paintings, Musee du Louvre) and Michael Pantazzi (European paintings, National Gallery of Canada) also contributed two fascinating essays dealing with Corot forgeries and collectors, respectively. The beautiful reproductions of works exhibited illustrate the breadth of Corot's output, and black-and-white illustrations relate possible sources or complementary works. An essential purchase for academic and special libraries and strongly recommended for public libraries with large art holdings.?P. Steven Thomas, Illinois State Univ. Lib., Normal
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amadeus 888 on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a book with good reproductions of the best paintings by Corot, especially his later landscapes. In this respect I was disappointed with this exhibition catalogue, because it focuses too much on Corot's portraits and some less important works. Also, most of the reproductions are quite small scale. On the plus side, this book is packed with information: each painting is thoroughly presented with detailed background information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ivor E. Zetler on November 16, 2009
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"No man should become an artist who is not passionate about nature" Corot
"There is only one master here-Corot. We are nothing compared to him, nothing" Claude Monet,1897
"He is still the strongest, he anticipated everything...." Edgar Degas, 1883
"Corot's figures aren't so well known as his landscapes, but it cannot be denied that he has done them. Besides Corot drew and modeled every tree trunk with the same devotion and love as if it were a figure" Vincent van Gogh 1881.

Nowadays Corot's reputation is somewhat below the abovementioned masters. Examining some of his finest paintings as presented in a major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in 1996 should cause the observer to wonder why this is the case. His landscapes are wonderfully evocative and atmospheric and there are a number of very beautiful figure paintings. It is to be noted that Corot (1796-1875) was a prolific painter - some 3000 canvases. Many forgeries exist as well, as explained in an interesting essay on this subject. The curators of this exhibition have selected 163 of the best of his works.

This book is somewhat of a collectors piece; hard backed copies generally fetch a substantial price. This fact is understandable given its magnificent printing standards, general presentation and rarity. I have the soft cover version which, though less desirable, is also a splendid addition to my library. If available at a reasonable price you should snap it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yural Bayet on September 3, 2013
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This was a great purchase. For a "used book" it came in almost perfect condition. The paper it is printed on is of high quality, very smooth and thick to last a long time. The illustrations are all color and high quality and the various essays on Corot are very informative and well-written. The chronology of Corot's life is fascinating. This book was worth every penny and for a person who loves a painter's painter like Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, this would make a great gift. There is a story of how Corot was presented with one of the many forgeries of his work produced when his paintings were in high demand late in his life. Corot would make a face because the painting was so obviously bad and take it for a few days to re-paint it to his satisfaction (now making it now a real Corot). This story is very telling about Corot in his later years - a man finally happy to have some success and eager to help others less fortunate.
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By Duck Killer on July 2, 2014
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Beautiful
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