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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Portraits of the Artists

Some photographic portraits of famous French artists of the Nineteenth century.


Victor Laisné or Lainé (1830-1911)
Portrait of Jean-Dominique Ingres 1853
Print on salted paper after negative on glass collodion 20,4 x 17,3 cm
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la photographie, Paris



Art critic Théophile Silvestre commissioned this portrait of Ingres amongst others to illustrate his book l'Histoire des artistes vivants français et étrangers, études d'après nature



Félix Tournachon dit Nadar (1820-1910)
Gustave Doré 1855
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la photographie, Paris

Maurice Guibert (1856 - 1913)
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec sur le bassin d'Arcachon
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la photographie, Paris

guibert was a close friend of Toulouse-Lautrec and made many photographs of him. The above photograph shows a different side of the artist who has come down to posterity as a sad introspective figure. From the look of the portrait, he was anything but.



Félix Tournachon dit Nadar (1820-1910)
Gustave Courbet