For a book project I'm using the memoir class :


which leaves blank left pages in order to let chapters start on the right.

Question: Is there a way to put a figure on those empty page inserted automatically by memoir? I have a problem to put a figure on the page between table of content and first chapter.

  • Putting \begin{figure}[p]...\end{figure} right before \chapter works fine, assuming there is an empty page to fill. Oct 18, 2020 at 19:50

1 Answer 1


Use the \cleartooddpage macro provide by memoir.

% figchapprob.tex  SE 567338

\cleartooddpage[\vfill \begin{center} FIGURE \end{center} \vfill]

\cleartooddpage[\thispagestyle{plain}\vfill \begin{center} ANOTHER FIGURE \end{center} \vfill]


With the openright option memoir starts a chapter with a \cleardoublepage which puts the chapter title on an odd page. The cleartooddpage[<text>] is similar in moving to an odd page except that it puts <text> on an otherwise blank even page.

A couple of examples of putting a figure at the center of the normally blank page before a chapter are shown; modify to your taste.

  • Peter, thank you very much for answering. However: It works for any of my 17 chapters - except the first. Best, Peter Oct 19, 2020 at 21:10
  • It works also in front of the first chapter if I put \cleartooddpage... before \mainmatter, but only with text not with a figure. I'm using the graphicx package. Oct 20, 2020 at 8:29
  • OK, done: Figure before \mainmatter but without \moveto... works. Oct 20, 2020 at 8:57

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