*Rococo Revisited
Pastoral Landscape
Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain (1600 or 1604/05 – 1682)
1644
Oil on canvas
The vista of the Roman countryside with its ancient and modern buildings, including the Temple of the Sibyl and the Villa d’Este, made the town of Tivoli famous. Unlike Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain was apparently not very interested in depicting landscapes in dramatic weather—storms, rain, and thunder. What Sir Joshua Reynolds called “the accidents of nature” in 1787 are absent from Claude’s universe. In the serene world of his paintings, fine weather reigns forever, uninterrupted—which is also the case in his drawings, apart from a few exceptions.

Pastoral Landscape

Claude Gellée, known as Claude Lorrain (1600 or 1604/05 – 1682)

1644

Oil on canvas

The vista of the Roman countryside with its ancient and modern buildings, including the Temple of the Sibyl and the Villa d’Este, made the town of Tivoli famous. Unlike Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain was apparently not very interested in depicting landscapes in dramatic weather—storms, rain, and thunder. What Sir Joshua Reynolds called “the accidents of nature” in 1787 are absent from Claude’s universe. In the serene world of his paintings, fine weather reigns forever, uninterrupted—which is also the case in his drawings, apart from a few exceptions.

#Claude Lorrain #Claude Gellée #Pastoral
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