Sunday, February 14, 2016

L'Albanaise (1872)

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot: L'Albanaise [Young Woman of Albano] 
Creamy skin, subtle blushing, and exotic dress complement the model who sat for The Young Woman of Albano (L'Albanaise). This teenaged girl, Mademoiselle Darmelas, also posed for Orientale Reveuse (Pensive Oriental). Albert Robaut, compiler of the 1905 Corot catalogue raisonné, observed the painter at work, in his studio, on L'Albanaise, on January 9, 1872. In Corot's shifting focus from landscape views to figure painting, a theme emerged: languid, dreamy girls who were lounging, caught in the act of reading or fantasizing, enigmatic near-smiles playing about their countenances. [Journal of the American Medical Association, 2011;305(17):1737. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.448]

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