Henner - La liseuse

Red hair ! From Jean-Jacques Henner to Sonia Rykiel.

From 30 january to 20 may 2019
Musée Henner
Création Sonia Rykiel
Maison Martin Margiela, Création spéciale
pour Sonia Rykiel, 2008 / Collection privée
de Nathalie Rykiel © Frédérique Dumoulin

Why are there so many redheads in the works of Jean-Jacques Henner ? This exhibition will address this frequently-asked question. Paintings, caricatures, writings and letters have been studied to shed new light on the work of this artist whose use of redheads became his signature. They provide a better understanding of the way the artist worked with one colour in particular : red.

Through an enlightening exploration of Henner’s works, the exhibition provides insight on the perception of red hair during the 19th and 20th centuries, without venturing as far back as the Greek-Roman traditions, when, in the words of Michel Pastoureau : “red hair was always viewed unfavorably”. Whether a feature of pride, as it was for Sonia Rykiel, or heroized through the Belgian comic strip character, Spirou, “the mischievious boy with a big heart”, red hair stands out, attracts but also marginalizes. What does it mean to be a redhead? How is red hair portrayed? This exhibition will focus on these questions.


Commissioner :
Claire Bessède, curator of the national museum Jean-Jacques Henner

Press kit : Exhibition "Roux! De Jean-Jacques Henner à Sonia Rykiel", 30 janvier - 13 mai 2018

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