1868 - 1870
55 x 70 cm
As an art student, before Corot could leave to Italy to study the paintings of the great Renaissance masters and Roman ruins, his parents allowed him to leave only on the condition that he painted a portrait of them first. Throughout his painting career, he produced a great number of portraits. Every time he painted a portrait of a family member, he would create a copy; one painting for the family, and one portrait for the family member. He also often made copies of his landscapes as well, a practice which led to the extensive forgery and copying of his works later in his career and after his death.