Young Girl after a Masked Ball (La petite masque), Jacques-Émile Blanche
Jacques-Émile Blanche
Young Girl after a Masked Ball (La petite masque)
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Jacques-Émile Blanche

Young Girl after a Masked Ball (La petite masque), 1906


Dimensions
147.0 x 198.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1400
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a gift from Arthur von Gwinner
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

It is a mood of reckless abandon. Home from the ball, the young lady has divested herself of her dress and lolls stark naked on a divan. On the floor lies a mask which – like the damsel’s conspicuously made-up face – still bears witness to the festivity. Blanche, who learned his trade from studying the old Venetian masters, created a modern Venus – complete with lapdog – with this large-scale nude. She unashamedly appeals to the beholder’s curiosity. A close friend of Degas, Manet and Renoir, Blanche was appreciated above all as a portraitist.

About the Donation

Arthur von Gwinner (1856–1931) had been living in Berlin for several decades by the time he gave this painting, which he had purchased in Paris, to the Städel in 1906. At the time, the banker was a board member of Deutsche Bank and dealing predominantly in foreign business. It is likely that he had inherited his passion for the arts from his grandfather. Philipp Friedrich Gwinner had been mayor of Frankfurt, a jurist and an art historian. His principal book, ‘Art and Artists in Frankfurt from the 13th Century until the Opening of the Städelsche Kunstinstitut’, was published in 1862.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Young Girl after a Masked Ball (La petite masque)
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: J. E. Blanche 1906

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1906 as a gift from Arthur von Gwinner

Work Content

Motifs and References

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden
  • 31AA14(+56) human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure (+ lying)
  • 31AA2363(+4) lying on one side, stretched out - AA - female human figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 31B11 sleeping in bed
  • 41D283 mask
Secondary
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20.08.2019