Imagine then if you will, what it must have been like for a man like French landscape painter Camille Corot. Born in 1796, he studied in Rome, and was influenced by another great French landscape artist, Nicolas Poussin, who had done likewise. He was already an accomplished landscape painter when, in the mid 1800's, the camera became a viable tool for capturing landscapes scenes. By the 1860's the exposure time for an outdoor photograph had dwindled to only a second or two. Suddenly landscape painters were confronted with a whole, new, undeniably accurate way of seeing their beloved world.
|Ville d'Avray, 1867, Camille Corot|