Lot 23
  • 23

Jean André Rixens

40,000 - 60,000 USD
50,000 USD
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  • Jean André Rixens
  • Jeune femme nue se coiffant dans un intérieur
  • signed JRixens and dated -87 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas


Musée Paul-Dini, musée municipal de Villefranche-sur-Saône, Tentations. L'appel des sens (1830-1914), October 16, 2016-February 12, 2017, illustrated p. 71

Catalogue Note

Émile Zola introduced the reading public to fifteen-year-old Anna, nicknamed Nana, in his book L'Assommoir, published in serial form from April 1876 to January 1877.  The daughter of the laundress Gervaise and her alcoholic husband Copeau, Nana was "as plump as a pincushion" with a "milky completion and skin as velvety as a peach" (Émile Zola, L'Assommoir, trans. L. W. Tancock, New York, 1970, p. 340-1). The character was further developed in an eponymous novel, Nana, which was an immediate success and its courtesan became a well-known icon in popular culture. While famously represented at her mirror or vanity by Édouard Manet (1877, Kunsthalle, Hamburg), and Henri Gervex (see lot 22), Jean-André Rixens alludes to the literary heroine in the present work, painted in 1887, while simultaneously evoking Alfred Roll’s composition, Retour de Ball (1886, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes).