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Throughout its early history, photography had a complex relationship with painting, imitating its aesthetics, borrowing its subjects, aiding its study, and even supplanting some of its traditional functions. The poet Charles Baudelaire, who famously declared photography’s proper role to be “servant of the sciences and arts—but the very humble servant,” might have approved of this compilation of images unashamedly intended to aid artists in the study of contour, modeling, and proportion, and as a vocabulary of expression, gesture, and pose sanctioned by the art of antiquity and the Old Masters.
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Louis Igout, French, 1837–1881
Calavas Frères, Paris, active 1875–1930
Album d’Etudes—PosesFigure Studies
- Album of albumen silver prints
- Image: 5 1/4 × 7 3/4 in. (13.3 × 19.7 cm) Sheet: 5 1/4 × 7 3/4 in. (13.3 × 19.7 cm) Mount: 10 × 12 1/4 in. (25.4 × 31.1 cm) Overall (closed): 12 3/16 × 10 1/4 × 1 9/16 in. (31 × 26 × 4 cm)
- Credit Line
Museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors
- Current Location
- Not on view
- Accession Number
[Vasta Images/Books, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2018.