|Corot, Between Lake Geneva and the Alps, 1825
|Corot, View of Rome from Monte Pincio, 1826
Corot, The Colosseum, seen through the Arcades
of the Basilica of Constantine, 1825
Musée du Louvre
A typical, that is to say an early, Corot will always present the spectator with less than the eye actually encompasses ... For Corot the mind is at the service of the eye, to modulate, to control, to unify and to present ... A strange dreamy, creamy placidity will be achieved, as if the site were viewed under an immobile and cloudless sky on an uneventful afternoon ... The result will be an image of extraordinary clarity and peace, strong enough to becalm the spectator into thinking that he too might find so tranquil a scene. He will not, for it does not exist in nature.
'The Eye of Innocence', 1980 TLS essay in Soundings
The date of the essay is of relevance: 1980, when the really interesting part of Anita Brookner's working life was just about to begin.