The Quiet Genius

L’Armoire secrète: Eine Leserin im Kontext (The Secret Cabinet: A Reader in Context)

an exhibition at the Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur, Switzerland, February 4–May 15, 2011.
Catalog of the exhibition edited by Mariantonia Reinhard-Felice, with essays by Oskar Bätschmann, Vincent Pomarède, Mariantonia Reinhard-Felice, and Kerstin Richter
Munich: Hirmer, 174 pp., €34.90 (paper)

Il étonne lentement”—“He astonishes slowly”—wrote Baudelaire in his review of the Salon of 1859 about the paintings of Camille Corot (1796–1875). “You must open yourself to his style,” he continued. “There are no flashy tricks in his work, but only an unerring, rigorous harmony.” Thus the great critic expressed his admiration for this singular, unpretentious artist. In the mighty concert of French painting from David to Cézanne, Corot’s voice is a silvery one, quiet yet unmistakable, dreamy but with tenacious concentration. He was not one of the dominant leaders of a stylistic school, yet gained a stature of his own alongside theirs.

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