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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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
Landscape with Apollo guarding the Cattle of Admetus... - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape with Apollo guarding the Cattle of Admetus...
Harbour view at sunrise - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Harbour view at sunrise
The Rape of Helen - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Rape of Helen
View of the Church of S. Trinita dei Monti, Rome, c... - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
View of the Church of S. Trinita dei Monti, Rome, c...
A landscape with Psyche before the Palace of Love - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
A landscape with Psyche before the Palace of Love
The Dance Of The Seasons - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Dance Of The Seasons
Apollo and Mercury - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Apollo and Mercury
Landscape with Goatherd  1636 - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape with Goatherd 1636
Landscape at Dusk - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
Landscape at Dusk
The Trojan Women Setting Fire to their Fleet  (detail) - Claude Lorrain (Gellee) - www.claudelorrain.org
The Trojan Women Setting Fire to their Fleet (detail)

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