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  Landscape with harbour by Claude Lorrain.
by breughel

The other temporary exhibition (21/04/2011 - 18/07/2011) is that of "Claude Lorrain – The Draftsman Studying Nature".

In their presentation of this exhibition Le Louvre writes: "Sketches from life, preparatory drawings, large-scale landscape compositions depicting religious or mythological scenes are all central to the oeuvre of this painter, draughtsman and engraver, known as one of the greatest masters of landscape art."

One of my first tips on VT was about Claude Lorrain paintings at the Louvre museum.

I wrote here in 2007: "Once you have seen a painting of Claude Lorrain (real name Claude Gelée, 1600 Lorraine-France - 1682 Rome) you can't miss his works in any museum over the world.
His paintings are so typical with ideal landscapes and a poetic rendering of light. His landscapes contain classical ruins, often a coastal scene with boats in a seaport. It are idealized harbour scenes flanked on one or both sides with palaces. Tall ships ride at anchor. Light, however, is the key feature of the seaport pictures. Its source is often a visible sun just above the horizon or sometimes hidden behind a vessel or building at dawn or at evening; his paintings are illuminated by the orange, gold shining sun. Claude Lorrain for the first time in art used the sun as the means of illuminating a whole picture. This use of light from the sky above the horizon enforces the effect of recession in depth."

I'm still a fan of Claude Lorrain.

Location: Napoleon hall, under the Pyramid.
Open every day except Tuesday.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays).
Admission fee temporary exhibition: €11.
Combined ticket (permanent collection and the exhibition): €14.

Address: Le Louvre, Napoleon hall, under the Pyramid.
Directions: Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre
Phone: +33 1 40 20 50 50
Website: http://www.louvre.fr/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 15, 2011
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