Trained at the French art school École des Beaux-Arts, Louis Camille d’Olivier specialized in painted portraits, which he exhibited at the annual Salon from 1848 to 1870. Like many artists of his generation, d’Oliver also learned photography, applying his skills as a painter to the new medium. From the mid-1850s onward, d’Olivier is known almost exclusively for photographs of “artistic nudes”—a 19th-century phrase that suggests light erotica—with hand-painted backdrops and luxurious settings. Even when masked in the guise of history, allegory, or theater, as in this case, d’Oliver’s photographs have an undeniable element of eroticism, heightened by the female model’s direct stare and her exposed leg.


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Artist
Louis-Camille d'Olivier, French, 1827–1870
Title
[Theatrical Scene]
Date
1850s
Medium
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions
Image: 8 15/16 × 6 9/16 in. (22.7 × 16.6 cm) Sheet: 8 15/16 × 6 9/16 in. (22.7 × 16.6 cm) Mount: 12 1/16 × 9 5/16 in. (30.6 × 23.6 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Buddy Taub Foundation, Dennis A. Roach and Jill Roach, Directors

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
LL 20 PUBLIC CORRIDOR
Accession Number
2019.245
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

[Robert Hershkowitz Limited, Sussex, England]; purchased by MFAH, 2019.