Figure of Girl - Technique and Styles
Figure of Girl
In about 1850 Corot stopped painting portraits and turned instead to meditative "figures" of poetic and symbolic meaning. These figures de fantaisie were paintings of actual people, but without the characteristics of a portrait. He did not exhibit them but hid them in his studio as a personal treasure.
The suppressed emotionality of the figure and the fine shimmer of the coloured reflections reveal the influence of Leonardo, especially of the Mona Lisa. The late donor Ante Topić Mimara observed that the artist was probably here under the influence of Tiepolo.