Corot And His Pupil

Corot the Artist had a deaf and dumb pupil. The young fellow was

employed in copying one of his master's beautiful pencil drawings, when

he even tried to imitate a stain of glue which was on the paper. Corot,

when he saw it, smiled, and said, or at least wrote, "Tres bien, mon

ami; mais quand vous serez devant la nature; vous ne verrez pas de

taches." "(Very well, my friend; but when you are before nature you will

not see any stains.)"

M. Jean Baptist Corot, the great French landscape painter, died February

23rd, 1875, aged 79.