Objet phare des musées de Grasse
Museum of Art and History of Provence
Study of Two Men's Heads
19th century - oil on canvas
Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donation by Mme. Fabre-Cartier
Inv. 95 222
Charles Nègre (1820 -1880) was an artist from Grasse who already showed true artistic talent at the age of seventeen. A student of Paul Delaroche and Ingres in Paris, he was accepted at the Annual fine Arts Exhibition and regularly showed his works in the Salons. By the age of thirty-two, he had already acquired a reputation.
This study for a religious scene shows the heads of two men on a lightly sketched-in background. One is a young man with blond, medium-length hair, who raises his head in a contemplative attitude; the other is a dark, bearded man who turns gravely toward the spectator.
In addition to his talent as a painter, this outstanding artist became very famous for his photographic and heliographic work.