L'Orpheline (1886) by Jean-Jacques Henner

By Anthonys Fine Art & Antiques


L'Orpheline, by French artist Jean-Jacques Henner (1829 - 1905), evokes an overwhelming sense of melancholy during an intimate view of the sitter, a young female orphan. Henner uses a dark colour palette and large blocks of colour, applied with soft edges, to layout the composition in this portrait, aptly drawing attention to the sad and lonely eyes of the orphan looking out from beneath a dark shroud. Henner was an artist known for his use of sfumato and chiaroscuro in works, being particularly influenced by Italian Renaissance painters such as Titian, Raphael and Correggio.

Henner began his studies as an art pupil in the studios of Michel Martin Drolling and François-Édouard Picot, and in 1848, received traditional training at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Henner was awards the Prix de Rome with a painting of Adam and Eve finding the Body of Abel in 1858. 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.

25 ½ x 20 in.