Agostina is a portrait painting created by the famous French painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in approximately 1866. It features the figure of Agostina, a renowned Italian model who also posed for Edouard Manet. The painting showcases Agostina standing on a stone balustrade, leaning slightly forward and gazing off to the side in a classical statuesque pose against a background consisting of a rocky slope with farmhouses that extends into the sky.
Corot’s painting style was vital in shaping landscape art during his time. He skillfully merges references from the Neo-Classical tradition with plein-air innovations to produce this masterpiece. One aspect that stands out is how Agostina rises monumentally against her surrounding environment, it has significant visual weight which draws your eye towards it.
Today, “Agostina” can be found at The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The piece is part of the Chester Dale Collection, one of the great American collectors of French Impressionism and early Modernism. In summary, “Agostina” remains an important work as it represents how some artists were inspired to incorporate their knowledge and techniques from other cultures into their artwork while still staying true to their own artistic style.