Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Art Review - "A Chief of Abyssinia" by Henri Regnault - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

For #museumtourtuesday, here is a powerful portrait by Henri Regnault from the National Gallery of Art that captures personality, intensity and movement.

The use of the intense yellow and red colors gives the suggestion of royalty, but the true suggestion of strength comes from the powerful gaze in the man's eyes and the way he holds his head high.

I love the way the piece is thinly painted throughout, but especially around the eyes. Here, the glow from this translucency of the light passing through the thin glaze of paint and off of the canvas beneath gives him an incredible sense of life.

Regnault, who died at the 2nd Battle of Buzenval in 1871, would have only been 27 years old when he created this beautiful painting.

"A Chief of Abyssinia" • Henri Regnault • c. 1870 • Oil on Canvas • 16 5/8" x 12 5/8"

Painting photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

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