Camille Corot

The Gardens of Horace

1855, printed 1921
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, whereby a photographic negative is created by drawing on a coated glass plate, Corot was able to achieve a wonderfully atmospheric mood 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.
Title
The Gardens of Horace
Date
1855, printed 1921
Medium
Print
Materials
cliché-verre on sensitized wove paper
Dimensions
37.8 x 30.5 cm; image: 36.5 x 29.5 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1922
Accession number
7303