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Judith etudes

06 Jun

Jean-Jacques Henner, “Judith, etude,” c.1880, Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner, Paris, France

Jean-Jacques Henner, “Judith, etude,” c.1880, Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner, Paris, France

Jean-Jacques Henner was a successful portraitist and painter of female nudes in Second Empire and Third Republic Paris. Over forty years of exhibits, he won almost every award available to artists at the time.  Henner painted his famous nudes with broad heavy strokes to depict pale flesh against shadowy landscapes, and used sfumato to soften their contours.  He had two models he favored:  a red-headed woman with a distinguished profile and a raven-haired Spanish style woman with passionate energy (1).

These two Judith’s reflect what the world looks like for those who are myopic.  They also represent the power of the little black dress.  And a sword.

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(1)  Henner Intime, Anecdote of a model, October 21, 2009 – Excerpt from Interview of JJ Henner (December 3, 1881) by Émile Durand-Greville 

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Borderline Boring

 

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