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The son of a Parisian shopkeeper, the young Corot was hired as a salesman by a cloth merchant, despite his evident gift for drawing. Clearly lacking an aptitude for business, he was already twenty-six when his father gave him an allowance so that he could devote himself entirely to his vocation. Studying with A. Michallon, with whom he painted his first landscapes in the Forest of Fontainebleau, then with Victor Bertin, he took his first trip to Italy in 1825.



There he enjoyed the friendship of Caruelle d'Aligny and Edouard Bertin who shared his passion for painting from nature. On his return three years later he adopted a pattern of work, which he maintained throughout his life, of painting in his Paris studio during the winter and devoting the summer to travelling in France, interrupted by frequent visits to Ville d'Avray, Chailly and Barbizon.













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