Claude Lorrain

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graphite, chalk, and ink drawing of landscape with hills and trees, buildings

Claude Lorrain (1600–82)
Landscape with Trees and Buildings
c. 1640–46
Graphite, brown and gray wash, black chalk, brush, and dark brown ink
Samuel Courtauld Trust: Princes Gate Bequest, 1978

Born in the French region of Lorraine, Claude established himself in Rome as a highly innovative landscape painter. His distinctive drawings are characterized by a thoughtful mixture of media. In his depiction of trees on this study sheet the contrast and variation of graphite, chalk, ink, and wash convey a sense of texture and volume as well as the interaction between light and shadow.