The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography


Jeanne de Marsy

A cabinet card portrait of the artist’s model Jeanne de Marsy (1865-1937), who sat for both Manet and Renoir in the early 1880s.

In this portrait, Mlle de Marsy's frank confrontation of the lens, the half-smile that plays about her sensuous lips, the exposed flesh of her smooth white arms and the ample charms of her belle poitrine create an image of a woman at the height of her sexual allure. The tight black satin of her dress stretched across an obviously corseted waist borders on the erotic.

Photographed by Nadar of Paris.

Code: 123816
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