Jean-Jacques Henner was a French painter who lived from 1829 to 1905.  I saw a painting by him over the weekend in a museum, and I was struck by the beautiful and almost ghostly contrast between the subject’s skin and the dark background.  Looking at other works from his collection, this seems to be a common theme; he also might have had a thing for redheads.  I wanted to share a few of his works that I could find online because I think they are all so striking.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an image of the painting I saw in the museum.  Find out more about Monsieur Henner at the website for the Musee National.



La liseuse


Reclining Nude


Solitude, or “Me from 6th to 9th grade”