Young Woman in a Pink Skirt

The identity of the figure in this painting is unknown. Her facial expression is difficult to read, but her heavily-lidded eyes and sloping shoulders suggest weariness with the world. Like several other pictures Corot painted around the time, this one may have been intended as an image of meditation or melancholy rather than a portrait of a particular person.


The artist (until 1872, donated to sale, Drouot, Paris, 5 Feb. 1872, no. 25, as Jeune femme);¹ Jules Paton (by 1880–83, his sale, 24 Apr. 1883, no. 50, as La Meditation); [Knoedler, New York, sold to Clark, 4 Dec. 1919]; Robert Sterling Clark (1919–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. This sale took place in order to raise funds for the care of the painter Auguste Anastasi, who went blind in 1870.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

French, 1796–1875

Young Woman in a Pink Skirt

c. 1845–50

Oil on canvas

18 13/16 x 15 1/2 in. (47.8 x 39.3 cm) Frame: 28 x 24 3/4 x 3 in. (71.1 x 62.9 x 7.6 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1919