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This is one of the most haunting half-length, life-size, figural studies that Corot painted. The young woman wears a Greek 'kavadi' and embroidered waistcoat over her black street clothes. She is posed against the painted dado of Corot's studio. He has taken great care to capture her facial characteristics – particularly her dark, deep-set eyes and her demure gaze. According to Corot's biographer, Mlle de Foudras was the daughter of a tobacconist who kept a shop at the Rue Lafayette, near the Faubourg Poissonière, Paris.
oil on canvas
H 89 x W 59.7 cm
presented by the Trustees of the estate of D. W. T. Cargill, 1950