Item #AT-00456

Jean-Jacques Henner (1829 - 1905) Ideal Head


Ideal Head By Jean-Jacques Henner (1829 - 1905)
Oil on Canvas
14 x 11 Unframed
21.5 x 18.5 Framed


The Estate of American Artist Robert Bruce Walker(1946-2020)

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A French painter, he was born into a peasant family in the Sundgau and received his first artistic training at Altkirch with Charles Goutzwiller (1810-1900) and later in Strasbourg in the studio of Gabriel-Christophe Gurin (1790-1846). In 1846 he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris as a pupil of Michel-Martin Drolling and, from 1851, of Franois-Edouard Picot.

While a student he was particularly drawn to portraiture, and during his frequent visits to Alsace he made portraits of his family as well as of the notables of the region. He also painted scenes of Alsatian peasant life (e.g. Marie-Ann Henner Churning Butter, 1856; Paris, Mus. Henner).

Although he painted history and portraits, he is probably best known for his prostrate nudes in dreamy landscapes rendered in murky chiaroscuro treatment of light and dark.

In the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum, The National Gallery of Art,
The Morgan Library and Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Arts Museum San Francisco, Hermitage St Petersburg Russia, The Louvre Museum Paris, Musee dOrsay Paris, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Walters Art Museum, Clark Art Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art, Columbia Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Art, National Gallery of Victoria Australia, Princeton University Art Museum, St Louis Art Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, State Museum of Florence Italy, Reunion des Musees Nationaux France and the Musees National Jean-Jacques Henner France.