National Gallery of Art in Washington presents an exhibition "Koro: Women".
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot is best known as a great master of landscape painting in the 19th century, who combined French neoclassical traditional painting with the impressionist movement of the 1870s.
Portraiture is a much smaller, less well-known part of his work, but they have appeared throughout his fruitful fifty-year career, with especially at the end. These works were rarely seen outside his studio during his lifetime, but they influenced the modernist artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Dressed in a rustic Italian costume or lying naked on a grassy plain, the women of Koro read, dream and look directly at the viewer, conveying their feelings and thoughts to him.
The forty-five paintings in the exhibition, created between the mid-1830s and the early 1870s, are largely divided into three main themes: single portraits, nudes, and allegorical studio scenes.