Pensive Young Brunette

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796 - 1875

Made in France, Europe


Oil on canvas

9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (24.1 x 19.1 cm) Framed: 15 1/2 x 13 7/8 x 3 1/8 inches (39.4 x 35.2 x 7.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963

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Sale, Corot, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, May 26-June 9, 1875, (deuxième partie) no. 450; purchased by M. Legendre, Paris. Alexis Rouart, Paris [1]; Alphonse Kann (1870-1948), Paris; confiscated by the ERR, 1940 [2]; Munich Central Collecting Point, June 23, 1945 to May 23, 1946 [3]; repatriated to France, May 23, 1946 [4]; restituted to Alphonse Kann, Paris, July 1946 [5]; with André Weil at the Matignon Galleries, Paris, 1949; Louis E. Stern, New York, May 31, 1949; bequest to PMA, 1963. 1. There are two Alexis Rouarts, one (1839-1911) is the brother of the artist and collector Henri Rouart (1833-1912) and the other (1869-1921) is the son of Henri Rouart. The Corot does not appear in the 1912-13 sales of Henri Rouart's collections by his children. It may be in the May 8-10, 1911 Hôtel Drouot sale of the elder Alexis Rouart. 2. The ERR inventory number Ka 38 is painted on the upper stretcher. The corresponding ERR card can be found at the National Archives, RG260, OMGUS Property Division, Misc. Records, ERR Card File, 1940-45, Box 6, 390/45/34/7-2. 3.Inventory number 366/Aussee 292/2. National Archives RG260, Records of the Munich Collecting Point, Records Relating to Property Accession 1945-50, Box 492, 390/45/27/05. 4. No. 119 on French Receipt No 7a, shipment 660. National Archives, RG260, Records of the Munich Collecting Point, Receipts: Restitution 1945-49, Box 286, 390/45/23/03. 5. Materials in the archives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicate that the painting was returned to Kann's representative in July 1946 (according to an email message from Marie Hamon on June 8, 2001).