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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A capriccio of an Italianate harbour at sunset, with... - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A capriccio of an Italianate harbour at sunset, with...
A Ruin on the Palatine - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A Ruin on the Palatine
Cattle and Goats drinking by a ruin - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Cattle and Goats drinking by a ruin
Landscape with Apollo and the Muses, 1652 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape with Apollo and the Muses, 1652
Landscape with Dancing Satyrs and Nymphs - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape with Dancing Satyrs and Nymphs
A Study for a landscape - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A Study for a landscape
Cattle Ascending A Track Towards The Left - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Cattle Ascending A Track Towards The Left
Pastoral Landscape 2 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Pastoral Landscape 2
The Rape of Europa, 1655 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Rape of Europa, 1655
Vedute of Delphi with a procession of victims, Detail - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Vedute of Delphi with a procession of victims, Detail
Embarkation of St. Paula Romana at Ostia, 1637-39 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Embarkation of St. Paula Romana at Ostia, 1637-39
The Rape of Helen - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Rape of Helen

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