Artemis by Emmanuel Benner

  • This painting depicts the Greek goddess Artemis on the hunt, accompanied by her nymphs and hounds
  • Artemis was the virginal goddess of the hunt, the moon, childbirth and wild animals
  • Beautiful in its execution, it was painted by French Academic artist Emmanuel Benner
  • Benner made a name for himself at the Paris Salons with works capturing timeless, sensual nudes
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Emmanuel Benner
1836-1896 | French

Artemis

Signed and dated “Benner 1886” (lower right)
Oil on canvas

The Greek goddess Artemis, accompanied by her nymphs and her hounds, embarks upon the hunt in this painting by French Academic artist Emmanuel Benner. Artemis, or Diana as she is known in Roman mythology, was the goddess of the hunt, the moon, forests and wild animals, and she was associated with both chastity and fertility. Brilliantly conceived, the oil on canvas brings together Benner’s devotion to the Academic painting tradition with his virtuosity in capturing the female nude.

Benner made a name for himself at the grand Paris Salons of the late 19th century with works like Artemis, capturing timeless, sensual nudes cloaked in a mythological narrative. These themes were central to his artistic output, and the present work embodies the inherent sensuality and academic idealism of his chosen subjects. Additionally, his strong preference for compositions situated en plein air allowed the artist to demonstrate his aptitude for capturing the effects of light on his subjects’ luminous white skin. Benner displays a masterful application of texture and soft tones, bringing his idealized figures to life on canvas.

Born in the French commune of Mulhouse alongside his twin brother and fellow artist Jean, Emmanuel Benner began his career as a draftsman for the textile industry before devoting himself to the pursuit of painting. He followed a classically-oriented artistic course beginning with study under respected academicians Léon Bonnat and Jean-Jacque Henner, whose influence he remained loyal to throughout his career. He excelled most in his depictions of idealized mythological subjects in the grand manner of the academic tradition, and in 1896, the artist was appointed Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur.

Dated 1886

Canvas: 28” high x 21 1/8” wide
Frame: 36 5/8" high x 29 3/4" wide
Artemis by Emmanuel Benner
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Paintings
Depth: 2.0 Inches
Width: 29.75 Inches
Height: 36.63 Inches
Style: Academic
Canvas Width: 21.125 Inches
Canvas Height: 28 Inches
Artemis by Emmanuel Benner
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