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Fantin-Lantour was a great music lover. He much preferred to paint subjects derived from the world of music than still lifes. These were, it is true, appreciated in select circles, but they were hardly attractive for the trade. This small ‘Reclining female nude’ is probably a study for one of Fantin-Latour’s musical subjects. Such semi-nude and nude female figures appear in his illustrations derived from Richard Wagner’s 'Tannhäuser', which was first performed in 1861 in Paris, in his tributes to Schumann and Berlioz, and on the many scenes inspired by 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', which he had seen in 1876 in Bayreuth. The compositions of his figurative works are fluent and mobile. His brush technique is freer than in his still lifes; sometimes he scratches the back of the brush into the wet paint. He keeps shapes vague and his use of colour is warm, sometimes tending towards sombre.
|Title||Reclining female nude|
|Material and technique||Oil on canvas|
|Location||This object is on view in Robbrechttrap (boven)|
Width : 21 cm
Height : 12 cm
Painter: Henri Fantin-Latour
|Accession number||VdV 27|
|Credits||Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972|
|Collector||Collector / Willem van der Vorm|
|Exhibitions|| De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
|External exhibitions|| De fluwelen touch van Fantin-Latour (2013)
|Material||Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique|
|Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique|
|Object||Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object|
|Geographical origin||France > Western Europe > Europe|
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