Monday, May 27, 2013

Reading and Trees

I came across a new-to-me artist, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Corot was a French landscape painter and printmaker in etching in the mid-nineteenth century. The first of his paintings I saw was of a girl reading.

A Woman Reading

I immediately started looking for other pictures by Corot. I found several more of girls reading.

Reading Girl in Red Jersey

This picture intrigues me. Is the woman upset about what she has read? Bored? Puzzled? Asleep?

The Letter

I love the trees in this picture.

The Reader by the Wooded Bank

So I searched for more tree paintings by Corot. Can you see how the tree on the left seems to be leaning towards the woman, as if it wants to follow her?

Cathedral of Mantes, with Young Woman

And how, in this etching, the tree on the left is reaching towards the figure on the ground?

Souvenir of Toscane

A River Scene with Houses and Poplars

The tree on the right seems to be bending over, watching what the boatman is doing.

Boatman From Behind the Trees of the River

The Boatman of Mortefontaine

I created torn paper/crayon Giraffe #243 as an art project with my students.


  1. I love the images.
    I had not heard of this artist before and appreciate your posting them.

    1. I'm glad you like this post, Noreen. I always love learning about a new artist.

  2. Anna, I was looking at these pictures for the second time and just noticed a boy in a tree in the Cathedral picture.

    I wonder if the artist meant the trees to be sinister or protective?


    1. I didn't see the boy in the tree until you pointed him out. I wonder if the woman is trying to get him to come down?

      When I look at he trees, they look like they are so interested in what the humans are doing and would like to be human, too.