French Photography in the 19th Century

France is one of the pioneers of photographic technology and advances — progressing it as art and as science. The works of French photographers Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, and Charles Nègre helped the development of paper photography.

Opening on August 30, here are some of the photographs set to highlight in the upcoming exhibition “Real/Ideal: Photography in France, 1847-1860” at the Getty Museum.

Jean-Louis-Marie-Eugène Durieu (French, 1800 – 1874) and Possibly with Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798 – 1863), Draped Model, about 1854, French, Albumen silver print, 18.6 × 13 cm (7 5/16 × 5 1/8 in.), 35.1 × 27 cm (13 13/16 × 10 5/8 in.), 85.XM.351.9, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon] (French, 1820 – 1910), George Sand (Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin), about 1865, French, Albumen silver print, 24.1 × 18.3 cm (9 1/2 × 7 1/4 in.), 30.5 × 21.4 cm (12 × 8 7/16 in.), 84.XM.436.91, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon] (French, 1820 – 1910), [Self-Portrait], about 1855, French, Salted paper print, 20.5 × 17 cm (8 1/16 × 6 11/16 in.), 84.XM.436.2, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820 – 1884), Seascape with a Ship Leaving Port, 1857, French, Albumen silver print, 31.3 × 40.3 cm (12 5/16 × 15 7/8 in.), 84.XP.218.71, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820 – 1884), Mollien Pavilion, the Louvre, 1859, French, Albumen silver print, 36.7 × 47.9 cm (14 7/16 × 18 7/8 in.), 55.9 × 71.1 cm (22 × 28 in.), 90.XM.72, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Édouard Baldus (French, born Germany, 1813 – 1889), Arles. Cloitre St Trophime, about 1861, Albumen silver print, 32.8 × 41.2 cm (12 15/16 × 16 1/4 in.), 84.XO.734.1.47, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820 – 1884) and Auguste Mestral (French, 1812 – 1884), West Facade of the Cathedral of Saint-Gatien, Tours, 1851, French, Waxed paper negative, 34.2 × 25.2 cm (13 7/16 × 9 15/16 in.), EX.2016.4.63 © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Charles Nègre (French, 1820 – 1880), [Organ Grinder at 21, quai Bourbon, Ile Saint-Louis, Paris], before March or May 1853, French, Salted paper print from a paper negative, 10 × 8.3 cm (3 15/16 × 3 1/4 in.), 84.XM.344.1, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Images used are from the press kit and with permission from the Getty Museum.

2016-07-28 #culture #news #photography-history #french-photography

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