Saturday, September 5, 2009

Salome as a Nightclub Dancer

Salome (1906) by the American painter Robert Henri (1865–1929).

Henri studied in France under William-Adolphe Bouguereau and changed later to Impressionism – I’m sure that Bouguereau never forgave him that. Back in the USA he became a leading member of the Ashcan School movement.

Henri was a modern realist painter and so he depicts a contemporary nightclub dancer posing as Salome. At the beginning of the 20th century history is no longer portrayable it’s only raw material for dramatic effects.


  1. This is possibly my favorite depiction of Salome yet. :)

  2. The big "realistic" paintings, which pretended to show these bible scenes how they may have been, disappeared with the 20th century. What remained was a play with myths, irony and quotations of older - i.e. classical - paintings.