The artist Camille Corot travelled across the French countryside on foot in search of picturesque, intimate landscape settings. He made oil sketches on the spot and later developed them in his studio. Corot's relaxed brushstrokes produce blurred contours around the objects, which he then smudges to create a uniform, atmospheric impression. With his selection of simple, rural subjects, he distanced himself from neoclassical painting. Corot is regarded as the main representative of the Barbizon School, and his painting style makes him one of the forerunners of Impressionism.
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