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Reclining female nude

Henri Fantin-Latour (in c. 1901)

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
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in Robbrechttrap (boven)
Dimensions (general) Width : 21 cm
Height : 12 cm
Makers Painter: Henri Fantin-Latour
Accession number VdV 27
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Age maker Unknown
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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