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Juana Romani, model turned painter

5 monthes ago   |   By Gurney Journey

Juana Romani was born with the name Carolina Carlesimo in Italy. Her mother brought her to Paris, where she began working as an artist model as a child.
She decided to pursue an art career herself, studying with Ferdinand Roybet and Jean-Jacques Henner .
Salomé by Juana Romani She became known for her portraits of female subjects.
The influence of Henner and Roybet can be seen in the soft frontal lighting, which melts into profound shadows at the edges of the form. She painted directly on the canvas without much preliminary sketching.
Unfortunately her last years were not happy. She...
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