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Imitator of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 'A Peasant Woman', before 1913

Key facts
Full title A Peasant Woman
Artist Imitator of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made before 1913
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 31.8 × 29.2 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Sir Hugh Lane Bequest, 1917, The National Gallery, London. In partnership with Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.
Inventory number NG3239
Location On loan: Long Loan to The Hugh Lane (2019 - 2031), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Collection Main Collection
A Peasant Woman
Imitator of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

In this pensive study, a woman is dressed in traditional Italian costume. Her distinctive headdress is a tovaglia, a piece of folded linen or other cloth worn flat on the head and covering the neck. With increased Italian migration to France from the middle of the nineteenth century, the subject of women wearing picturesque dress became popular among French artists, Corot included.

Although this painting entered the National Gallery’s collection as a work by Corot himself, it is now thought to be by an imitator. The restrained colours and thin application of paint contrast with Corot’s juxtapositions of bright colour in his own late portrayals of women. This work probably dates from the early years of the twentieth century, a period when the appeal of Corot’s late silvery landscapes was on the wane, and the demand for his late figure paintings was on the rise.

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