Home / Photographers / Henri Regnault's Salome 1870 as Photographer's Muse_jane 2013 [14]

When Paul/salgava asked about the Unknown Mortensen photos included here, I noticed them for the first time and thought an album for performers as Salome after the Regnault painting might be interesting. So far photographers include:

Alfred Cheney Johnston (ACJ), Steichen maybe, Ruth Harriet Louise, Ernest Bachrach and Mortensen.

from the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Salomé, 1870
Henri Regnault (French, 1843–1871)
Oil on canvas

Regnault initially represented this Italian model as an African woman, but later enlarged the canvas at the bottom and right and transformed it into a representation of Salomé. She is shown after having danced for her stepfather, Herod Antipas, governor of Judaea. The platter and knife allude to the reward she claimed for her performance: the severed head of John the Baptist.

Regnault was killed during the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), just months after this picture was exhibited to great acclaim at the Salon of 1870. For years, the painting was considered a masterpiece of contemporary art. In 1912, when it was announced that it would be sold from a private collection, Baron Henri de Rothschild initiated a campaign to keep it in France. He was unsuccessful; Salomé was presented to the Metropolitan by one of the Museum's trustees in 1916.

Please add others as you find them.

An album of "Salome" would be wonderful. If anyone wants to do one I'll upload whatever I have for it. Thanks. jane

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  • Profdash - 1Reply
    The Charles Albin photo reputedly of Gish is the lest referential of these presentations. But Vlad has offered an interesting study here.
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