It’s Kiss a Ginger day and we’re kicking off the day by celebrating redheads in art history. Like this painting of two lovers in Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss in the Austrian Gallery at Belvedere, appreciation of ginger beauties and their glorious red locks can be spotted throughout Art History. Here are the most glamorous redheads of art history.
Starting off the list of famous redheads in Art History is Bottecelli’s redhead that is the literal embodiment of beauty as the goddess Venus.
The next babe with flaming tresses and the sheer outfit to match is Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June. The model for this painting was probably Dorothy Dene or Mary Lloyd, either way she is living her best life getting paid to sleep on the job.
Flaming June by Frederic Leighton at the Art Museum of Ponce
Causing quite the controversy during her debut is Sargent’s Madame X. Originally featured with a fallen strap, critics were so harsh about that bare shoulder that Sargent was forced to go into hiding.
The Glutton at the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at the Museum of Modern Art
Egon Schiele, Klimt’s protégé, dated so many redheads that we’re not sure which one is depicted here in this painting.
Number 8 features contemporary artist Thomas Darsney’s redhead in Tapestry.
Tapestry by Thomas Darsney in a Private Collection via Artsy
Modigliani painted an inquisitive figure in his Young Man with Red Hair. Turns out it’s much harder to find men with red hair in art history than female redheads.
Last but not least is Francesco Bacchiacca’s Sibyl with the not-so-subtle nip slip. Apparently Sibyl is also a fan of the transparent clothing making her third on our list of Art History redheads who love sheer clothing.
Sibyl by Francesco Bacchiacca at the Museum of Art History Vienna
- Brooks, Katherine. “A Brief Survey of The Most Glorious Redheads in Art History.” Huffpost. September 23, 2015. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/redheads-in-art-history_us_5601aec…
- Dare, Lauren. “Flaming June.” Sartle. Accessed: January 10, 2018. https://www.sartle.com/artwork/flaming-june-frederic-leighton
- Dare, Lauren. “Madame X.” Sartle. Accessed: Janurary 10, 2018. https://www.sartle.com/artwork/madame-x-john-singer-sargent
- “The Loving Cup.” The National Museum of Western Art. Accessed: January 10, 2018. http://collection.nmwa.go.jp/en/P.1984-0005.html