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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
19th century
(Paris, France, 1796 - 1875, Paris, France)

Corot is an anomaly within the history of the etching revival. His attitude toward etching was one of ambivalence. He did not pay much attention to the details of production – inking and selection of paper, for example. In fact, he never bothered to print the first etching he made; and he made only 14 etchings over the span of his career. Nor was spontaneity particularly significant to him as some of his plates were made from sketches years after his initial contact with a scene. Nevertheless, artists flocked to "Papa Corot," as he came to be known, for advice and inspiration. At a time when only engraving was accepted at the annual salons, Corot took up etching. It is likely this expression of independence that appealed to a younger, more radical, generation of artists.

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