Claude Lorrain (like the recently viewed Philippe de Champaigne) was a 17th century French painter who did not interest me very much until recently, even though Claude had the advantage of spending most of his life in Rome. For one thing, the Victorians worshiped him – and of course that had to be a horrible recommendation in itself. Plus, the pictures Claude painted were always the same – always the same seashore, the same water, sky, trees, with architectural fragments thrown in and several tiny mythological people.
But then I was reading recently about the great Poussin in old age, and learned that he enjoyed nothing better at the end of his life than chatting with Claude Lorrain, his fellow expatriate in Rome, over a small glass of good wine. That was when I knew that I ought to be paying better attention.
|Landscape with Acis & Galatea|
|Landscape with Ascanius Shooting the Stag of Sylvia|
|View of Carthage|
|Landscape with The Rest on the Flight into Egypt|
|Landscape with The Rest on the Flight into Egypt - detail|
|Landscape with Apollo and the Muses|
|Landscape with Apollo and the Cumaean Sybil|
|View of a Port with the Capitol|
|Embarkation of Ulysses|