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Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny

1798 Chaumes – 1871 Lyon

The painter and draughtsman, Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny, who was trained in Paris by Jean Baptiste Regnault and Louis Étienne Watelet, is one of the early representatives of plein-air landscape painting in the tradition of Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes. Between 1822 and 1827 d’Aligny lived and worked in Rome, where he associated with like-minded French artists. It was here in 1825 that he met Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot. The two became close friends and collaborated in the years that followed. They wandered together through the Roman Campagna on study trips, d’Aligny acting as the mentor and teacher of Corot, who was two years his senior. Following his return to Paris in 1827, d’Aligny’s landscape paintings made him a forerunner of the Barbizon School.