Claude Le (Gellee) Lorrain
(c. 1600 - 1682)
Claude Le (Gellee) Lorrain was active/lived in France, Italy. Claude Lorrain is known for idealist, pastoral landscape painting, fresco, Biblical themes.
Biography Claude Le (Gellee) Lorrain
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Claude Gellee, who was called Lorrain after his native province of Lorraine, was born in c. 1600 at Chamagne, France, near Nancy. He settled in Rome perhaps as early as 1613. He spent nearly all his adult life there. When a young man, he worked in the household of Agostino Tassi, the landscape and marine painter, in some menial function, either as a pastry cook or a general factotum. We know that he was in Rome at the time and continued to live there, working with Poussin and Salvator Rosa.
His early work was chiefly in fresco, of which little remains, but his fame is based on landscape canvases, often with biblical or mythological subjects. Patronized principally by the Italian nobility, he also enjoyed an international reputation.
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