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The Secret Armoire

Corot’s Figure Paintings and the World of Reading

While best know for his landscapes, French painter Camille Corot nonetheless left in his wake a considerable number of rarely exhibited yet highly sought figure paintings. And while Corot initially used these oil studies to improve the quality of his free composition for later historical and narrative landscapes, it was not long before his figure paintings became autonomous works, prized for their direct portrayal of emotional and spiritual states.
Standing out in Corot’s creative output is the remarkable oil painting A Girl Reading. This volume puts this impressive painting into context with a variety of Corot’s paintings and drawings that both shed light on the role of reading that is characteristic of his work and provide the first representative overview of the artist’s works inspired by the genre as a whole. Included are essays on Corot as a figure painter and thirty full-color, extensively annotated examples of his work.

128 pages | 100 color plates | 9 x 11

Art: European Art

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“This small, beautiful show remind[s] us of one of the quiet voices of the great century of French painting.”

Willibald Sauerländer | New York Review of Books

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments
      Mariantonia Reinhard-Felice

Corot the Figure Painter
      Vincent Pomarède
Figure and Landscape in Corot’s Work
      Oskar Bätschmann
The Book of Nature: Thoughts on Corot’s Readers
      Mariantonia Reinhard-Felice
The Charm of Dress: Corot and Traditional Italian Costume
      Kerstin Richter

      Vincent Pomarède
Index of Works by Corot

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