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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Artist
Louis Igout, French, 1837–1881
Publisher
Calavas Frères, Paris, active 1875–1930
Title
Album d’Etudes—Poses
Figure Studies
Date
1870s
Medium
Album of albumen silver prints
Dimensions
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
2018.182
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Vasta Images/Books, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 2018.