Do you remember the PORTRAIT that we saw in The Carter’s ‘Apeshit’ video. It is one of the very last images we see before the ‘Mona Lisa’ frame. Well there is some SYMBOLISM behind that piece of ART! It is called “Portrait of a Black Woman (Negress)” by Marie-Guillemine Benoist. It’s one of the only pre-20th century portraits of a black person in the Louvre that’s not explicitly a portrait of a slave.
The most extraordinary portrayal of a black woman in a painting at the Louvre is Portrait of a Black Woman (Negress) by Marie-Guillemine Benoist. A portrait of a servant brought to France by the artist’s brother-in-law, it was shown at the Salon of 1800. It captures quiet dignity, and perhaps even sadness, in the face of the subject.
Painted six years after the abolition of slavery, this picture became a symbol for the emancipation of women and black people. At the time of its title, the word “Negress” wasn’t pejorative.
The CARTERS always make a STATEMENT!