- 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: 12.4 x 9.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,555,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Corot Paperback – 1996
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"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.