Photo of the Day: La Négresse

April 27th, 2008
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IMG_7350, originally uploaded by ultraclay!.

Several years ago, when I first saw this piece, I was transfixed. Mostly by the intensity in her eyes, but also by the clear African characteristics of her face. That’s something you don’t often see in museum art.
Later, I was struck with deja vu while standing in a huge open hall at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. “Fountain of the Four Parts of the Earth” by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux depicts this woman, along with four other representatives of the peoples of the world, holding up the globe. It took me 10 minutes of racking my brain to understand why I recognized her.
It wasn’t until my recent visit to the Met that I finally understood her expression. According to the caption, the bust is captioned, “Why Born a Slave?”

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