Study of a Female Nude

Henri Lehmann French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 809

In a letter to his mistress, Lehmann described the woman depicted here as one of the "four most beautiful girls that you could have as a model in Rome." The sensual curve of the figure’s back is in line with odalisques by Lehmann’s revered master, J. A. D. Ingres. This ravishing study was made in preparation for a painting of bathers at a river; inspired by Victor Hugo’s poem "Bièvre," it was exhibited at the Salon of 1842 as Femmes près de l’eau. Acquired by the Belgian royal family, the Salon painting was destroyed in a fire in the 1890s.

Study of a Female Nude, Henri Lehmann (French, Kiel 1814–1882 Paris), Oil on canvas

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