The Reader Crowned with Flowers, or Virgil’s Muse (1845). Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1854).
Through the 1840’s, many of Corot’s works were flatly rejected for salon exhibition and few works were purchased by the public. While recognition and acceptance by the establishment came slowly, by 1845 Baudelaire led a charge pronouncing Corot the leader in the “modern school of landscape painting.”
By the mid-1850’s, Corot’s increasingly impressionistic style began to get the recognition. Corot painted many landscape souvenirs and paysages, dreamy imagined paintings of remembered locations from earlier visits painted with lightly and loosely dabbed strokes.