The Artist

Claude GellĂ©e (v. 1604-1682) is known by the name of “Lorrain” because of the province where he was born. He learned to become a pastry cook, and he is believed to have invented puff pastry. At the age of fourteen, he went to Rome to become a cook for the painter Agostino Tassi. He first assisted the artist in his studio, and later received painting lessons from him. Lorrain became famous for his luminous landscapes and harbor scenes. His works greatly influenced many landscape artists who came after him.

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