A Brief Survey Of The Most Glorious Redheads In Art History

Or, all the women in famous paintings who have better hair than you.

If a bias against redheads is real, the gingers of art history have a few things to say:




"I'm still sleeping, but my hair is on point."
(Gustav Klimt, "Danae," 1907-1908)


"I will murder you if one splash of water hits my mane."
(John William Waterhouse, "The Lady of Shalott," 1888)


"I love my strawberry blonde hair so much it hurts."
(José de Ribera, "Magdalena," circa 1638-1640)


"This is how I feel about your redhead bias."
(James Tissot, "Seaside," 1878)


"My thumbs-up is for all the gingers out there."
(Edgar Degas, "Dancers," 1900)


"Excuse me, my flowing red locks are up here."
(Bacchiacca, "Sibyl," circa 1525-1550)


"Look deeply into my top bun and tell me red hair isn't the best."
(Paul César Helleu, Portrait of Alice Guérin, 1900)


"Red hair? Check. Orange tabby? Check check."
(Franz Marc, "Akt mit Katze Français," 1910)


"I could care less about that 'redheads shouldn't wear red' rule."
(Berthe Morisot, "Le corsage rouge," 1885)


"I dub thee ... worthy of my ginger hair."
(Edmund Blair Leighton, "Accolade," 1901)


"Oh, I didn't see you there, checking out my gorgeous red hair."
(Edvard Munch, "Lady from the sea," 1896)


"This rose has nothing on my hair."
(John William Godward, "Choris - A Summer Rose," 1902)



"If you haven't grasped the superiority of redheads yet, you cannot be helped."
(Frederick Sandys, "Mary Magdalene," circa 1858-60)


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