Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mary Magdalene (1880)

Jean-Jacques Henner: Mary Magdalene

The present work is the third large replica Henner completed after his Magdeleine presented in the Paris Salon of 1878 (and now in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse).  The artist began and completed the work of the Biblical figure in profile, kneeling in prayer between August 1879 and June 1880 after which it was purchased by Sarah M. Hitchcock through George A. Lucas.  According to the artist's diary (Friday, July 2, 1880), Henner refused to promise Lucas that he would not paint another version of the work.   Most likely eight large replicas of the Salon picture were executed in addition to twenty-seven small studies. [Sotheby’s]

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