Camille Corot

Beauty is in Art

It's the birthday of the artist Camille Corot ("CAH-MEEL CAH-row"), born in Paris.
Corot was a French painter, famous for his landscapes, and he inspired the landscape painting of the Impressionists.
Corot's quotes about painting are inspiring to gardeners. Here's a little sample of his sensitive perspective on the natural world:

"Beauty in art is truth bathed in an impression received from nature. I am struck upon seeing a certain place. While I strive for conscientious imitation, I yet never for an instant, lose the emotion that has taken hold of me."

Here are some of Corot's words about Nature at the end of the day:

"...Everything is vague, confused, and Nature grows drowsy. The fresh evening air sighs among the leaves - the birds, these voices of the flowers are saying their evening prayer."

Imagine sitting beside Corot as he wrote,

"I hope with all my heart there will be painting in heaven."
Gardeners would reply, "I hope there is a garden."

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