Woman with a Pearl (c. 1858-68) by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot

Woman with a Pearl - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot - c. 1858-68

Artwork Information

TitleWoman with a Pearl
ArtistJean-Baptiste Camille Corot
Datec. 1858-68
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions27 1/2 x 21 1/2" (70 x 55 cm)
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris

About Woman with a Pearl

Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, a renowned French landscape painter, painted “Woman with a Pearl” between 1868-1870. The painting is known as one of his most important works and is located at the Louvre in Paris, France. It depicts a portrait of Berthe Goldschmidt, who posed for the painting.

Corot was born in Paris in 1796 but did not show interest or talent in art until later on. Despite this, he became an influential and prolific artist, producing over 3,000 works during his lifetime that inspired countless numbers of forgeries and copies.

In “Woman with a Pearl,” Berthe Goldschmidt stands before a plain backdrop wearing a black dress with her hair styled simply. The eponymous pearl necklace rests prominently around her neck while she looks directly at the viewer with an intense gaze. Corot employs loose brushstrokes to build up form and texture throughout the painting while using muted colors to create a tranquil atmosphere surrounding Goldschmidt’s striking appearance.

Overall, “Woman with a Pearl” beautifully showcases Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot’s skillful use of realism to capture moments of quiet intensity and transcendental beauty through portraiture.

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