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Hermann Corrodi, landscapes with streams


Etchings, both printed in black ink on brownish wove paper and heightened with white. a: signed in the plate, top left, H Corrodj; to the platemark 108 x 156 mm, the entire sheet measuring 158 x 162 mm.
b: to the platemark 113 x 147 mm, the entire sheet measuring 158 x 238 mm.

The son of the swiss-born painter Salomon Corrodi, Herman and his younger brother Arnold studied under his father. In 1860 they went, to complete their studies, in Geneva, where the artists frequented the studio of A. Calame. He studied also at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. Hermann traveled extensively in Europe, tightening relations with the courts and other important customers. In 1872 he went in Paris, where he met, among others, Meissonier and Gerome. He made a short trip to London, guest of L. Alma Tadema and soon after went to Munich to visit the international exhibition. After a short stay in Capri (1873), Herman and his brother went to Vienna where he was awarded a gold medal for a painting depicting a forest of pines. In 1874, shocked by the untimely death of Arnold, with whom he shared the studio in Rome, Hermann went through a period of disorientation. Later, thanks to the marriage with an Englishwoman in 1876, he could intensify its working relations with England. The couple settled in Rome but began to travel visiting Constantinople, Syria, Egypt, Montenegro, Corsica. Corrodi’s travels throughout Turkey, North Africa and the Middle East would provide him with his best-loved subjects such as dramatic desert landscapes, emotive Nile views and bustling market scenes. Most of these works were painted in Corrodi’s Rome studio. In January of 1892 a fire broke out in his home in Via S. Sebastianello, which destroyed most of its artistic properties. At the beginning of the century, shortly before his death, he built, near Piazza del Popolo, a large house with studio spaces for exhibitions, where he settled all his works, but the artist died without seeing it finished. It is very difficult to put together a catalog of the works of Corrodi, which largely have been lost or are in private collections. Also his activities as an etcher has been poorly studied.


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