Lille, Nord 1868 - Paris 1941

Identification of sitter by Laure de Margerie, January 6, 2017.

Armen Ohanian (Shamakha, Azerbaïdjan 1887 - Mexico 1976), danseuse, actrice, écrivain

Armen Ohanian (Shamakha, Azerbaïjan 1887 - Mexico City 1976), dancer, actor, writer

c. 1913-1914?

polychrome plaster


Credit Line: Purchased by Brooklyn Museum, 1922

Photo credit: scan from Brooklyn Museum Quarterly, vol. 9, 1922, p. 193

© Artist : public domain


  • 1922, April-May-June, Purchased by Brooklyn Museum


  • 1922 Brooklyn Museum Quarterly
    "Museum Notes", Brooklyn Museum Quarterly, April-May-June 1922, vol. 9, p. 160: "The following purchases have been made: (...) A plaster model, "Armene Chanian" [sic for Ohanian], by E. Bernard.", p. 194: "... a polychrome portrait head of Armène Charmian by E. Bernard, which recalls in the subtle enigma of its smile and the movement of the curling locks the smiling women's portraits of the sixteenth century followers of Da Vinci...", ill. p. 193


  • The dancer Armen Ohanian had a two year long affair (1913-1914) with Emile Bernard, who, besides this sculpted portrait, painted also a portrait of her (private collection).