After a four year renovation, Musée Henner has reopened to the public. Formerly a private mansion and studio built in the 19th century, the museum is dedicated to the work of Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905) – noted for his use of sfumato and chiaroscuro in paintings of nudes, religious subjects, and portraits.
The 130 works on permanent display follow Henner’s development chronologically, from his native Alsace to Paris, where he settled, and to Italy after receiving the Prix de Rome. Included are historical, religious and mythological paintings, as well as landscapes of Alsace and Italy, portraits, and still lives.
Henner was influenced by the paintings of the Italian Renaissance, particularly Titian, Raphael and Correggio, and the French painters of the first half of the 19th century, including Ingres, and Corot. Preparatory works (sketches, drawings, tracings for transfer, etc) give insights into the artist’s technique.
His paintings Jésus au tombe, Nus féminins, La liseuse, and Idylle are owned by the Musée d’Orsay. Musée Henner is located in the 17th, near Parc Monceau.