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Title The Artist's Studio
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Correns, Jozef Cornelius (Belgian artist, 1814-1907)
Date 1869 (dated)
Signed yes
Description A painter and his pipe smoking friend consider his work whilst a young woman plays the guitar. The artist is clearly interested in the effects of light and atmosphere and has made a feature of the pipe smoke lit by rays of sunshine from the sky-light. Light pouring in from a window was often used to symbolise divine inspiration in pictures of artist's studios.

The room is a typical 'artist's garret' and reflects the informal, bohemian lifestyle of the artist. The artist himself wears slippers and has left his hat, casually, on the floor behind him.

Current Accession Number 1931P112
Former Accession Number P.11231
Inscription front lc (on bed frame) 'Jos Correns N 1869'
Subject everyday life (artist's studio, music); figure (male artist, male onlooker, female guitarist)
Measurements 63.5 x 78.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by the Misses Smythe 1931.
Publications Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 35, ill.
Notes Correns was a Belgian painter, born in Antwerp and a pupil of Van Bree. A painting called In Painter's Studio, signed and dated, like this one, 1869 was sold, Sotheby's, 7 April 1993, lot 185.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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