Eugene Delacroix, Madame Henri Francois Riesener, oil on canvas 1835
Camille Corot, Portrait of a Child, oil on wood, 1835
Camille Corot is considered more of a french landscape painter (see example below) yet here in a room filled with Corot's masterful landscapes, I was surprised to find two of his finest portraits. It is said that he painted fewer than 50 portraits in his life time which were mostly of his family or close friends.
Camille Corot, The Environs of Paris, oil on canvas, 1860
Charles Brague, Bashi-Bazouk, oil on canvas, 1875
Jules Breton, The Weeders, oil on canvas, 1860
I loved walking into the room that this painting is hanging in. It shares the space with a few Jean Francois Millet's wonderful paintings of a similar time of day. I am in awe of paintings with back light situations. It has got to be one of the most difficult casts of light to paint. According to the placard hanging next to The Weeders, in his autobiography, Breton states that one evening he came across this twighlights scene of peasants pulling up "thistles and weeds... their faces haloed by the pink transparency of their violet hoods, as if to venerate a fecundating star".