Three hundred and fifty years ago French artist Claude Lorraine began to brush warmth and atmosphere into his many landscapes and became known a the Painter of Light. Artists before his time, and many since, considered the landscape to be merely a stage backdrop behind other dramatic activity. Never the raison d'être.
Did it ever occur to him, as he fulfilled his lucrative commissions, that a errant backroads photographer, three hundred and fifty years later, would believe for a fleeting instant that he was Claude’s second coming. The correct answer is, of course, no.
Many of his paintings made a permanent trip to the Hermitage courtesy of Catherine the Great . Check some here.
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Tuesday 21 November 1995