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Roses

Artist:
Pierre-Louis Pierson (French, 1822–1913)
Date:
1861–67
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
12 x 9.8 cm (4 3/4 x 3 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.548.102
Not on view
Like a coquette before her mirror, the countess tries out positions in front of the camera. Modulating her gaze and adopting various poses, she attempts to counter the stiffness of expression brought on by the two or three seconds of exposure time. These ten photographs, made during two sittings, strive for the spontaneity of the snapshot, a process that would not appear until late 1880's.
La Comtesse de Castiglione; [...]; Robert de Montesquiou; [...]; Madame Walska; [...]; Philip Kaplan

Musée d'Orsay. "La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess Castiglione," October 11, 1999–January 23, 2000.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess Castiglione," September 18, 2000–December 31, 2000.

Kulturhuset, Stockholm. "Hannah Cullwick, Countess Virginia de Castiglione, Claude Cahun and Cindy Sherman," January 23, 2004–April 18, 2004.

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. "Hannah Cullwick, Countess Virginia de Castiglione, Claude Cahun and Cindy Sherman," May 6, 2004–August 22, 2004.

Apraxine, Pierre, and Xavier Demange. La Divine Comtesse: Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione. New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. no. 72, p. 182, ill. p. 142 (this print).



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