Corot: Women at National Gallery of Art, September 9 – December 31, 2018

Corot: Women focuses on images of women that Corot painted throughout his career but rarely exhibited in his lifetime. Dressed in rustic Italian costume or nude on a grassy plain, rendered with a sophisticated use of color and a deft, delicate touch, Corot’s women convey a mysterious sense of their inner lives. Corot: Women features 44 paintings created between the 1840s and the early 1870s: nudes, individual figures in costumes, and an allegorical series of the model in the studio.

One of the greatest landscape painters of the 19th century, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796–1875) bridged the French neoclassical tradition and the impressionist movement of the 1870s. His figure paintings constitute a much smaller and less well-known portion of his oeuvre, but are of equal importance to the history of art, in particular for the founders of modernist painting, such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque.” — National Gallery of Art

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Gypsy Girl with Mandolin, c. 1870, oil on canvas, overall: 63.5 x 50.8 cm (25 x 20 in.) framed: 87 x 75.6 x 9.5 cm (34 1/4 x 29 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Count Cecil Pecci-Blunt

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The Blonde Gascon, c. 1850, oil on canvas, overall: 40.01 x 30.16 cm (15 3/4 x 11 7/8 in.). Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Purchased with the Drayton Hillyer Fund Photo by Stephen Petegorsky

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Young Woman in a Pink Skirt, c. 1845–1850, oil on canvas, overall: 47.8 x 39.3 cm (18 13/16 x 15 1/2 in.) framed: 71.12 x 62.87 x 7.62 cm (28 x 24 3/4 x 3 in.). Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Image © Sterling and Francine Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA (photo by Michael Agee)

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The Muse: History, c. 1865, oil on canvas, overall: 46 x 35.2 cm (18 1/8 x 13 7/8 in.) framed: 73.7 x 61 x 11.5 cm (29 x 24 x 4 1/2 in.). Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Agostina, 1866, oil on canvas overall: 132.4 x 97.6 cm (52 1/8 x 38 7/16 in.) framed: 173.7 x 138.4 cm (68 3/8 x 54 1/2 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Chester Dale Collection

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Bohemian Woman at a Fountain, c. 1865–1870, oil on canvas, overall: 58.1 x 42.86 cm (22 7/8 x 16 7/8 in.). Philadelphia Museum of Art, The George W. Elkins Collection, 1924 The Philadelphia Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Marietta (Roman Odalisque), 1843, oil on paper mounted on canvas, overall: 29.3 x 44.2 cm (11 9/16 x 17 3/8 in.) framed: 49 x 63 x 8 cm (19 5/16 x 24 13/16 x 3 1/8 in.). Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The Repose, 1860, reworked c. 1865/1870, oil on canvas, overall: 57.8 x 101.6 cm (22 3/4 x 40 in.) framed: 83.8 x 127.3 x 12.1 cm (33 x 50 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (William A. Clark Collection)

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Bacchante with a Panther, 1860, reworked c. 1865–1870, oil on canvas, overall: 55 x 95 cm (21 5/8 x 37 3/8 in.) framed: 81 x 121 x 9 cm (31 7/8 x 47 5/8 x 3 9/16 in.). Collection of Shelburne Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Harry Payne Bingham

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Woman with a Pearl, c. 1868–1870, oil on canvas, overall: 70 x 55 cm (27 9/16 x 21 5/8 in.) framed: 93 x 74.5 x 9 cm (36 5/8 x 29 5/16 x 3 9/16 in.). Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Peintures © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo by Stéphane Maréchalle

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Woman Reading in the Studio, c. 1868, oil on paperboard on wood, overall: 32.5 x 41.3 cm (12 13/16 x 16 1/4 in.) framed: 50.5 x 59.1 x 6.4 cm (19 7/8 x 23 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Corot’s Studio: Woman Seated before an Easel, a Mandolin in Her Hand, c. 1868, oil on wood, overall: 61.8 x 40 cm (24 5/16 x 15 3/4 in.) framed: 78.4 x 56.5 cm (30 7/8 x 22 1/4 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Corot’s Studio: Pensive Woman Seated before an Easel, a Mandolin in Her Hand, c. 1865– 1866, oil on canvas, overall: 56 x 46 cm (22 1/16 x 18 1/8 in.) framed: 76 x 67 cm (29 15/16 x 26 3/8 in.). Musée du Louvre, Paris, on deposit at The Musée d’Orsay, Paris © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY, photo by Herve Lewandowski

Jean-Baptiste-Camille. Corot The Artist’s Studio, 1870, oil on canvas, overall: 63 x 48 cm (24 13/16 x 18 7/8 in.). Collection of Marlene and Spencer Hays

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The Lady in Blue, 1874, oil on canvas, overall: 80 x 50.5 cm (31 1/2 x 19 7/8 in.) framed: 125.5 x 95.5 x 16.5 cm (49 7/16 x 37 5/8 x 6 1/2 in.). Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Peintures © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY, photo by Stéphane Maréchalle

“Recognized as a great master of landscape painting, Corot is among the best represented artists in the Gallery’s collection of 19th-century French art. This unique exhibition presents an opportunity to examine a smaller and less well-known aspect of his career,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “We are grateful to The Edwin L. Cox Exhibition Fund, as well as Leonard and Elaine Silverstein, who helped to make this exhibition possible.”

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington and is curated by Mary Morton, curator and head of the department of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Images courtesy National Gallery of Art.