Purchase, Joyce and Robert Menschel Gift and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995
Not on view
Although better known for his views of Versailles and Saint-Cloud, Robert was a gifted portraitist, as evidenced by this tender depiction of his daughter Henriette-Caroline-Victoire reading. In its quiet contemplative mood and soft atmospheric tonal palette, Robert's rendering transposes the lexicon of contemporary French painting to the new medium. It is no surprise that the photograph recalls Corot's portraits of women reading, as the painter was also a member of the circle at Sèvres.
Louis-Rémy Robert; [...]; Guy Watelin; Harry Lunn
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 11," November 13, 1995–March 11, 1996.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.
This print is believed unique. Printed on a very thin, waxed paper, as if a paper negative itself.