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March 15, 2009

Portrait d'une négresse

In 1800,Marie-Guillemine Benoist exhibited Portrait d'une négresse in the Salon. Six years previously, slavery had been abolished, and this image became a symbol for women's emancipation and black people's rights. This picture was acquired by Louis XVIII for France in 1818.

L'Afrique by Eugène Delaplanche. Parvis du Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Related articles : Slavery is a Woman: Race, Gender, and Visuality in Marie Benoist's Portrait d'une négresse (1800) By James Smalls


Anonymous said...

I was so hoping you would visit her in the Louvre and post about it. Everyone else treks to see Mona Lisa but I only wanted to see the Negress, and the guide didn't even know she was there. Hoping to go again in a few months. Thanks for sharing and LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog been lurking for a long time :) thanks for following me on twitter just getting started... safe journey home-ciciwryter

RainaHavock said...

Wow amazing.

Ebony Intuition said...

@ CG, yes I made sure I visited and snapped photos, the Mona Lisa ain't all that personally lol.

xflashinLITESx said...

"portrait d'une negresse" actually means portrait of a niggress.....which the artist does well portraying...Although there seems to be an element of sadness behind it, the artists shows a perfect symbolisation of the freedom which black people gained at last....i'm quite glad to have known about this today....Thank God I am a black female


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