Monday, November 11, 2019

Red Hair in Art: Jean-Jacques Henner

Jean-Jacques Henner (1829 - 1905) was a French painter, noted for his use of sfumato and chiaroscuro in painting nudes, religious subjects, and portraits.

Among other professional distinctions, Henner also took a Grand Prix for painting at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1873, Officer in 1878 and Commander in 1889. In 1889 he succeeded Cabanel in the Institut de France.

Henner had numerous pupils; among them were the American painter Mathilde Mueden Leisenring and the Romanian artist Dimitrie Serafim. From 1874 to 1889 he organised, with Carolus-Duran, what he called "the studio of the ladies" as women were not allowed entry to the École des Beaux-Arts. Some also served as his models. One of these was Dorothy Tennant who later married Henry Morton Stanley. Suzanne Valadon (1865 - 1938) also worked as one of his models.

As you cane see, he was quite obsessed with red hair (or, at least, with the same red-haired girl).

Head of a Woman

A Bather (Echo)

Head of a Girl


Jeune fille à la robe bleue

Madeleine agenoillée

Portrait de jeune femme rousse


Reclining Nude

La vérité

La lisesuse

A Red-Haired Beauty

Madame Kessler

The Redhead


Le reveil de l'enfant

The Bather


Petite bergère

Portrait de femme



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