From November 16th 2012 to September 16th 2013, the national museum Jean-Jacques Henner presents the exhibition “Sensuality and spirituality. In search of the absolute”.
With more than one hundred and fourteen pieces, paintings and drawings, it aims to renew the perception of the religious paintings produced by Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905). Thanks to significant loans from several French institutions and to the museum’s own collection, this exhibition depicts how Henner approaches the religious subject, both as sensual representation and profound spirituality.
The exhibition also highlights the singularity which combines the search of a formal perfection and the absolute metaphysics. In order to situate Henner in his artistic, philosophic and politic context, several pieces from his friends and contemporaries are also shown: Paul Baudry, Léon Bonnat, Eugène Carrière, Alphonse Legros, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes et Théodule Ribot. Visitors will be able to discover the thought process of the artist and the production of his work through notebooks, diaries, drawings and sketches of the paintings being exhibited.
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