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JEAN-JACQUES HENNER (1829-1905) handwritten signed letter by important French artist

JEAN-JACQUES HENNER (1829-1905) handwritten signed letter by important French artist

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Autographs: Historical: Pre 1900: Item # 1421195

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A handwritten letter mounted on an old board, along with old photographic reproductions of two of the artist's works, by well listed French 19th century artist JEAN-JACQUES HENNER (1829-1905). The letter is entirely in French, written in old brown ink, on one page (though there are three other unused sides), and is undated. An old mat with hand-drawn and painted borders (removable) is fitted over openings made for the letter and photos. Henner is renowned for his portraits and depictions of attractive young women, often red-haired, often nude, and with translucent skin. His most famous (and recognizable) painting "Saint Fabiola" has been actively copied for more than a century, though the original is lost. Henner was born in Alsace. He began his studies in art as a pupil of Michel Martin Drolling and François-Édouard Picot. In 1848, he entered the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, and took the Prix de Rome with a painting of Adam and Eve finding the Body of Abel in 1858. In Rome, he was guided by Flandrin, and painted four pictures for the gallery at Colmar among other works. He first exhibited Bather Asleep at the Salon in 1863. Henner's oil paintings are often faked. This letter is a most interesting piece of 19th century French art history. Measures 10" by 18 1/2". There are a few old abrasions in the top part of the letter, appearing as light areas in the images.