Portrait Of A Negress

size(cm): 40x35
Sale price£119 GBP


Marie-Guillemine Benoist's Portrait of a Negress is a masterpiece of 19th century French art. This painting is a perfect example of the neoclassical style, characterized by its attention to detail, precision and clarity in the representation of the human figure.

The composition of the work is impressive. The figure of the black woman is in the center of the painting, with an elegant and serene posture. The light that illuminates her face and her white dress creates a contrast with the dark background, which makes the figure stand out even more.

Color is another outstanding aspect of this work. The woman's white dress contrasts against her dark skin, creating a stunning visual effect. In addition, the warm, soft tones of the woman's skin contrast with the cool, dark tones of the background, creating a sense of depth and dimension.

The story behind this painting is fascinating. It was painted in the 1800s, at a time when slavery was legal in France and in many parts of the world. Choosing a black woman as the subject of the painting was a bold and courageous act on Benoist's part, as at the time people of color were considered inferior and not allowed to participate in society in the same way as white people. .

Also, there are little-known aspects about this painting that make it even more interesting. For example, it is believed that the model who posed for Benoist was a woman freed from slavery, which makes the work even more significant. It has also been suggested that the painting could be a criticism of slavery and a call for racial equality.

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