Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) is hardly a household name, and yet his works hang in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. There’s even a museum in Paris specifically dedicated to the works of Henner. This particular work, “La liseuse” (“The Reader”) hangs in the Musée d’Orsay, also in Paris.
While his earliest works were portraits (including some high-priced commissions) and his later works often concentrated on religious or mythological themes, works like this one, painted at the Salon de Paris and elsewhere, were heavily influenced by Correggio and Titian — the latter seeming to have created a slight obsession with redheads (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Henner also opened (along with fellow French painter Carolus-Duran) his own studio, calling it “the studio of the ladies” and admitting women as students — something the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris was then unwilling to do. Quel faux pas.
This early postcard appears to have been manufactured probably around 1915, was apparently purchased at the Louvre, and is unused and in terrific shape!