Claude Lorrain (also Claude Gellee or Le Lorrain) (Lorraine, c. 1600 - Rome, 21 or 23 November 1682) was an artist of the Baroque era who was active in Italy, and is admired for his achievements in landscape painting. (16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 - 13 December 1944) was a French painter, printmaker and art theorist. One of the most famous 20th-century artists, he is credited with painting the first modern abstract works.

Lorrain was born in 1604 or 1605 into poverty in the town of Chamagne, Vosges in Lorraine - then the Duchy of Lorraine, an independent state until 1766. He was one of five children. His actual name was Claude Gellee, but he is better known by the province in which he was born. Orphaned by age of twelve, he went to live at Freiburg with an elder brother, Jean Gellee, a woodcarver. He afterwards went to Rome to seek a livelihood and then to Naples, where he apprenticed for two years, from 1619 to 1621, under Goffredo (Gottfried) Wals. He returned to Rome in April 1625 and was apprenticed to Augustin Tassi. He got into a fight with Leonaert Bramer.

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Embarkation of St. Paula Romana at Ostia, 1637-39 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Embarkation of St. Paula Romana at Ostia, 1637-39
Landscape with the Repentant Magdalene - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape with the Repentant Magdalene
The Siege of La Rochelle by Louis XIII (1601-43) October... - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Siege of La Rochelle by Louis XIII (1601-43) October...
Aeneas and Dido in Carthage 1675 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Aeneas and Dido in Carthage 1675
Statue of Venus in the Garden of the Villa Medici,... - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Statue of Venus in the Garden of the Villa Medici,...
A Ruin on the Palatine - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A Ruin on the Palatine
St. Philip Baptising the Eunuch, 1677 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
St. Philip Baptising the Eunuch, 1677
Coast Scene with the Rape of Europa 1667 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Coast Scene with the Rape of Europa 1667
Landscape with the arrival of Aeneas at Pallanteum... - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape with the arrival of Aeneas at Pallanteum...
A goatherd by Arcadian ruins - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A goatherd by Arcadian ruins
A Study for a landscape - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A Study for a landscape
The Rape of Europa, 1655 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Rape of Europa, 1655

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