# memoir class, putting figures on empty pages before chapters

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

\documentclass[a5paper,12pt,twoside,onecolumn,
openright,extrafontsizes]{memoir}


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

Use the \cleartooddpage macro provide by memoir.

% figchapprob.tex  SE 567338
\documentclass{memoir}
\begin{document}
\tableofcontents

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

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

\end{document}


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