Claude le Lorrain


Claude le Lorrain
Passage du gué

1. Born in  Chamagne, a little village snug in the valley of the  Moselle, what is the real name of "Claude, le lorrain?

a- Claude Gericault
b- Claude Gellée

c- Claude Géné

2.  What year was he born?

a- in 1400
b- in 1500
c- in 1600

3. What kind of family did he come from?

a- peasant
b- noble
c- small merchant

Claude le Lorrain
Flight to Egypt

Orphaned at 12, penniless and probably uneducated, he joined his brother's wood-carving shop in  Fribourg-en-Brisgau.

In 1618, he goes to Italy and takes a job as a helper, then as a student and finally as an assistant in the studio of the landscape painter  Agostino Tassi. In 1625, he returns to Lorraine and works in the studio of the painter Claude Deruet for the dukes of Lorraine  until 1627.

 Claude le Lorrain
"rest during the flight to Egypt"
(click to see the whole painting)

4. Which city did he establish himself in ?

a- Nancy
b- Chamagne
c- Fribourg-en-Brisgau.


"Having studied the Italian and Northern traditional art, le painting of light became the major preoccupation of Le Lorrain.  He wants to translate the poetry of the different hours of the day. (sea Port at sunset, 1644; Sea Port at sunrise, 1674)" *

5.   According to this description, Le Lorrain is a precursor of which group of painters?

a- the classics
b- the symbolists
c- the impressionists

Claude le Lorrain

Around  1630, Claude Le Lorrain knows success and Philip of Spain orders a group of large paintings from him.   (l'Embarquement de sainte Séraphine, l'Embarquement de sainte Paule, etc.).He then starts his   Liber Veritatis,  a registry of  95 drawings, where he condenses in beautiful studies the essentials of his work.

6. What is the name of this painting?

a- The Port of  Marseilles
b- The arrival of   Cleopatra in Tarsus
c- Departure from Venice

Claude le Lorrain

Around 1640 a transformation took place in his style; the countryside is there to put into value the light, which escapes from the center of the composition, which in turn puts the sea or  river into value. 

Claude le Lorrain
(click to see the whole painting)

7. What is the name of this painting?

a- Sermon on the Mount
b- Landscape with Apollo and Mercury
Flight to Egypt

His last works are beautiful metaphysical poems on the grandeur of nature where, with modesty and nobility, he exposes an ideal view of the world in serious scenes which seem to be timeless and bathed in peace.*

Claude le Lorrain
(click to see the whole painting)

8. What is the name of the painting above?

a- The judgment of Paris
b- The judgment of St. Louis
c- The Sermon on the Mount

  Claude le Lorrain

9. In 1627 he left Lorraine, which was going to endure the ravages of the Thirty Years War, (Claude Gelée was a contemporary of the painter Jacques Callot) and moved permanently to ____?_____ where he did not stop painting until his death in 1682.

a- Paris
b- Strasbourg
c- Rome

  Peintre anglais  Claude le Lorrain

10. Which artist of the romantic period (1800), influenced by Le Lorrain, painted the picture on the left.

a- Turner
b- Blake
c- Constable

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Claude Gellée -biographie -fr.

*description de l'art du Lorrain -fr.


sermon on the mount

Musée de Nancy

Musée du Louvre


Discipline Artistes du 17e

Classical Archives:Classical Archives
MACHAUT, Guillaume de (c.1300-77); Fr.
Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure (A.Conger)

JCLS 7/2001