The Daughter Of Jephthah

By Alexandre Cabanel SKU:1708

The Daughter of Jephthah" is a renowned painting by Alexandre Cabanel, created in 1851. This masterpiece depicts a biblical scene from the Book of Judges, where Jephthah, a military leader, makes a tragic vow to sacrifice his daughter. Cabanel's attention to detail and skillful brushwork captivate viewers, while the emotional depth of the painting evokes profound empathy. It stands out for its powerful portrayal of human conflict and moral dilemmas, touching on themes of sacrifice, devotion, and the tragic consequences of impulsive decisions. "The Daughter of Jephthah" remains a remarkable work that continues to stir emotions and provoke contemplation.

62 cm

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Title: “”Alexandre Cabanel’s Masterpiece: The Daughter of Jephthah””

Year Painted: 1851

Alexandre Cabanel’s “”The Daughter of Jephthah,”” painted in 1851, is a profoundly significant work of art that continues to captivate audiences with its emotional depth and masterful execution. This timeless painting portrays a poignant scene from the Book of Judges in the Bible, where Jephthah, a valiant military leader, makes a fateful vow to sacrifice his own daughter.

Cabanel’s meticulous attention to detail is immediately apparent in this masterpiece. The carefully composed composition, intricate brushwork, and delicate use of light and shadow create a sense of realism that draws viewers into the scene. Every element, from the folds of the garments to the expressions on the faces, is executed with remarkable precision.

What makes “”The Daughter of Jephthah”” particularly remarkable is its ability to evoke powerful emotions and provoke contemplation. Cabanel skillfully captures the heart-wrenching conflict faced by Jephthah and his daughter. The daughter’s anguished expression and her desperate grasp of her father’s hand convey a profound sense of sacrifice, devotion, and impending tragedy. This painting serves as a poignant reminder of the consequences of impulsive decisions and the complexities of human morality.

In addition to its artistic merits, “”The Daughter of Jephthah”” holds historical significance as a prime example of the academic art style prevalent during the 19th century. Cabanel was a prominent academic painter and a member of the prestigious French Academy. His meticulous attention to detail, refined technique, and adherence to classical principles garnered him great acclaim during his time.

“”The Daughter of Jephthah”” also generated controversy and critical acclaim when it was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1851. The painting’s theme and the raw emotions it portrayed challenged conventional artistic norms and sparked intense debates within the art community. Despite the initial controversy, the painting ultimately gained widespread recognition and secured Cabanel’s reputation as a master artist.

Today, “”The Daughter of Jephthah”” remains an iconic and cherished work of art. It resides in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, where it continues to inspire and move viewers with its timeless portrayal of human conflict and moral dilemmas. Its enduring significance lies in its ability to provoke introspection and engage audiences in contemplation of the profound complexities of the human condition.

Original size:
64.8 x 100.3 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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