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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, PARIS

Juana Romani
FLOWERS IN HER HAIR
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
855

PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, PARIS

Juana Romani
FLOWERS IN HER HAIR
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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Juana Romani
1869 - 1924
FLOWERS IN HER HAIR
signed Romani (lower right) and inscribed indistinctly (lower left)
oil on canvas
51 3/8 by 29 3/4 in.
130.4 by 75.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

Juana Carlessimo, called Juana Romani (1867- 1924), began her training as the pupil of Jean Jacques Henner (1829-1905) before becoming a student of Ferdinand Victor Léon Roybet (1840-1920), and later, his mistress. Like Roybet, she chose historical subjects and painted many portraits of young, mysterious women in costume. She particularly enjoyed accurately rendering the refined materials of Renaissance fabrics. She exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon beginning in 1888.

Salomé (fig. 1), exhibited at the 1898 Paris Salon, features the same enigmatic female character as Flowers in her Hair, with her wildly tousled tresses and lightly embroidered, ruffled gown. In both paintings, she is depicted in some state of undress –  her sultry expression and uptilted head further accentuating her sensuality – but whereas Salomé includes the iconography of her character's namesake – a sword and large metal platter –  Flowers in her Hair avoids an overt narrative, instead celebrating the tactile qualities of the paint and cool, elegant palette as they combine to create the model's sensuous figure.  

Old Master & 19th Century European Art

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New York