Claude Gellée says the Lorrain.

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Claude Gellée says the Lorrain (1600-1682)

He can be regarded as eminent representing baroque and traditional and romantic landscape French. Resulting from a modest country family it receives a very summary education.

It leaves for very young Rome to become the assistant of Agostino Tassi, decorator and painter of landscapes, then in Naples he becomes the pupil of the German miniaturist Gottfried Wals.

He regains Nancy and after a long stay in France goes back to Rome where he becomes a famous landscape designer. He is allowed with the academy of Luc Saint and its customers are the Roman elite, the popes Urbain VIII, Alexandre VII and Clement IX as well as the king of Spain which orders scenes of Old to him and New Will.

However Claude the Lorraine one paints also landscapes, pastorales scenes with fishermen or travellers. Its known work is very vast, more than 250 tables and 1200 drawings.

The tables of Claude the Lorraine one are remarkable by the control of the prospect and pictorial depth, by a very studied composition which often guides the glance of the witness towards a flooded distance of light or the vastness of the sea. Imposing architectures, the subtle range of the colors and the idealized landscapes suggest infinite which seems to escape time.

Of sound living the work of Claude the Lorraine one had a great radiation. Then it influenced much the English landscape of XVIIIème and the XIXème century. Meadows one century old later William Turner (1775-1851) was very influenced by Claude the Lorraine one in the composition of its landscapes.