The Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt

Walter Spindler 

The Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Oil on panel, gold background
Dimensions : 
41 x 32,5 cm / 16.14 x 12.60 inch
Dimensions with frame : 
64,2 x 54,6 cm / 25.20 x 21.26 inch

Description of the artwork

Sarah Bernhardt's profile portrait has been painted by many artists, painters and photographers alike. Among these, two well-known pastels by Walter Spindler offer similarities to our painting. We can easily assume that this one was made for Sarah Bernhardt herself, Spindler having taken care to make it a timeless object, taking up the codes of the medal profile and the gold background, two characteristics peculiar to the Italian primitives. Like an icon, the head of the famous actress, who influenced and bewitched many of her contemporaries, stands out and imposes itself, without any decor or costume to disguise it. Stripped of all artifice, the mere representation of her profile is enough to convey her fascinating presence.

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