Portrait Of A Young Lady Praying

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A sensitive portrait of a beautiful young lady praying with her head tilted upwards. Red hair tumbles down her back as her eyes look hopefully on. It’s been created with a great deal of skill particularly around the face and the handling of the skin.

It reminds us of the work of French painter Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) who often painted evocative depictions of nude females. Many of these had red hair, which perhaps indicates his fondness for the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood.

Oil on canvas
Overall size
11” x 16¼” / 28cm x 41cm
Year of creation
c. 1880
Craquelure throughout and several small areas of paint loss.