Louise Harduin

Louise Harduin was fifteen years old when Corot painted her portrait. Staring directly out of the picture, she commands our attention. The artist has presented her sitting alongside a dirt road, as if resting from a walk, and has taken great care to record her fashionable attire—gray redingote, white neck ruff, slender shoes, parasol, and hat. Corot made fewer than fifty portraits throughout his career, this one painted at the suggestion of his childhood friend, Harduin’s uncle.

Provenance

Louise Harduin Guillaumin (1831–d. 1878); Marie Guillaumin Brunet, her daughter, by descent (1878–d. 1901); Louis Claude Brunet, her husband, by descent (1901–d. 1913); Louise Brunet Binoche, Paris, his daughter, by descent (from 1913); [Georges Petit, Paris]; Baron Denys Cochin, Paris (until 1919, his sale, Georges Petit, Paris, 26 Mar. 1919, no. 1, ill., as Jeune fille assise dans la campagne, sold to Allard); [Galerie J. Allard, Paris, from 1919]; André Derain, Paris (1923–d. 1954, his sale, Galerie Jean Charpentier, Paris, 22 Mar. 1955, no. 19, ill., as Jeune fille assise dans la campagne, sold to Knoedler); [Knoedler, Paris, sold to Clark, 1955]; Robert Sterling Clark (in 1955); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

French, 1796–1875

Louise Harduin

1831

Oil on canvas

21 11/16 x 18 1/8 in. (55.1 x 46 cm) Frame: 28 x 24 3/8 x 2 3/4 in. (71.1 x 61.9 x 7 cm)


Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1955

1955.539


ON LOAN