Claude Gellée, called Le Lorrain

Claude Gellée, called Le Lorrain

Claude Gellée, called Le Lorrain (1604/5-82)
'A Landscape with a Bridge'
About 1640
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 1052
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Born in Lorraine, in eastern France, Claude spent most of his adult life in Rome. His paintings evoke an arcadia of myth, legend and rustic ease, all bathed in a nostalgic golden light. He also made many sketches, like this one, in the countryside around Rome. Even in Claude's lifetime these often slight drawings were much sought after by collectors.