Curator‘s Comments

This painting has been described as one of Corot’s most celebrated representations of women. Recalling the prototype of Venetian portraits of the sixteenth century, this self-possessed woman is quite different from Corot’s more melancholy female figures.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. French, 1796–1875

La Blonde Gasconne (The Fair Maid of Gascony), c. 1850

Oil on canvas mounted on aluminum panel

Purchased with the Drayton Hillyer Fund

ID Number: SC 1934:7-1