French 19th century painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's rural landscapes offered a freshness and spontaneity that seemed too experimental and unfinished to the taste-makers his time. But their lithe, sinuous lines and gauzy, atmospheric tonalities charmed admirers then as they do now.
Corot is a "painter's painter;" artists love him deeply and for different reasons.
One artist sees in him the "chaste" and "devout" pilgrim of Beauty, his canvases more like devotionals than landscapes. For another, who notes that