École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts.
He began his studies in art as a pupil of Michel Martin Drolling and François-Édouard Picot. In Rome, he was guided by Flandrin, and painted four pictures for the gallery at Colmar among other works. He first exhibited Bather Asleep at the Salon in 1863 and subsequently contributed Chaste Susanna (1865), now in the Musée d"Orsay.
Other noted works include: Byblis turned into a Spring (1867).
The Magdalene (1878). Portrait of M. Hayem (1878).
Christ Entombed (1879). Saint Jerome (1881); Herodias (1887).
A Study (1891); Christ in His Shroud and a Portrait of Carolus-Duran (1896).
A Portrait of Mlle Fouquier (1897). And The Dream (1900). Among other professional distinctions, Henner also took a Grand Prix for painting at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.
In 1889, he succeeded Cabanel in the Institut de France.
Henner died at age 76 in Paris. Henner had numerous pupils.
Among them the Romanian artist Dimitrie Serafim. From 1874 to 1889, organized with Carolus-Duran, what he called "the studio of the ladies" for women were not allowed entry to the École des Beaux-Arts.
Some also served as his models.
One of these was Dorothy Tennant who later married Henry Morton Stanley. Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) also worked as one of his models.
Académie des Beaux-Arts. Société des Artistes Français.