J.J Henner, La Source, 1881_MJJH © RMN-GP Gérard Blot
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Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905). The Flesh and the Ideal.

The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Strasbourg pays tribute to the Alsatian painter Jean-Jacques Henner through an ambitious retrospective of some 90 paintings and 40 graphic works, produced in partnership with the Musée National Jean-Jacques Henner in Paris.

The Fine Arts Museum of Strasbourg pays tribute to the Alsatian painter Jean-Jacques Henner through an ambitious retrospective featuring some 90 paintings and 40 graphic works. The defining periods in Jean-Jacques Henner’s work, and his favourite themes, are presented chronologically in this retrospective: religious paintings, idyllic landscapes and nudes, portraits and fantasy figures. This exhibition offers an unprecedented confrontation between the artist’s major works, reunited for the occasion from French and international museums and private collections. Categorically opposed to the techniques of the Impressionists, Henner was interested in the innovations of his time but, at the risk of being perceived as a classical or “academic” artist, he always stayed on his own path. Henner was not a Romantic or an Impressionist, nor was he, strictly speaking, a realist or a symbolist. Perhaps he was an idealist… unique in his time, simply a passionate artist; a poet. Organised in partnership with the National Jean-Jacques Henner Museum, this exhibition has been officially designated an “Exhibition of National Interest”.

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