The Gardens of Horace, 1855, printed 1921
cliché-verre on sensitized wove paper
37.8 x 30.5 cm; image: 36.5 x 29.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 7303)
Corot’s influence on the Impressionist painters has long been recognized. In printmaking he permitted himself a degree of experimentation that he would not have risked in painting. Using the "cliché-verre" process Corot is able to achieve a wonderfully vaporous atmosphere that blurs the distinction between classical and contemporary landscape. It anticipates the pantheistic approach of Impressionist landscape artists, where all elements contribute equally to the visual interest of the work. Maurice Le Garrec, who acquired the glass plates from Eugène Cuvelier, printed this impression of "The Gardens of Horace" around 1921.