Claude le Lorrain (1605-1682) - Sea Port at Sunset (1635)
France Stamp issued 2008
Louvre Museum, Paris
Claude was born in Lorraine, which was a separate province to France at the time. He lived a life of poverty in early years, but he eventually went on to work for cardinals and then Pope Urban VIII in Rome in the late 1620s. He died a wealthy man.
He is most famous for his landscape work, most of which are now held in England. At the time, landscapes were not considered worthy of being depicted in paintings. Figures were usually in all of his paintings, but they were small and usually painted by other artists. An interesting article from the Sydney Morning Herald in 1929 outlines some of the key features of Charles Lorrain's life.