If we disregard the series of redheaded women in front and in profile, and the reclining nudes from behind, which are merely endless repetitions (of variable quality, and many forgeries are in circulation) of successful paintings for a bourgeois clientele, Jean Jacques Henner remains a painter of great talent, using sfumato and chiaroscuro like few, and surely like no one else since the 17th century.
Henner's original works are very rare, and even rarer are those in which he shows all his talent (some older works are of great quality, but more academic, deriving more directly from Ingres). In this painting, with its strong symbolist influence, one can feel a real face, the rendering subtly disturbing. I have not found any work of this quality sold in the last 20 years.
A painter with an immense reputation during his lifetime (the Uffizi Museum in Florence commissioned a self-portrait from him), his perpetual repetitions diminished his reputation in the 20th century
Date: around 1870
Size out of frame: 39 x 30 cm
Work currently undergoing reframing and cleaning.
Provenance : Christie's, lot 162 4th October 1990
Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Delevery information :
Most paintings are stored in London, UK and can be delivered in person in or around London.
Shipping free worldwide on most items.
3 400 €