Louis-Adolphe Humbert de Molard (French, Paris 1800–1874)
Salted paper print
22 x 47.1 cm (8 11/16 x 18 9/16 in. )
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1998
Not on view
Clearly attempting to create in photography the type of genre scene he admired in seventeenth-century Dutch painting and its early-nineteenth-century French revival, the wealthy baron and gentleman farmer Humbert de Molard posed his wife, daughter, caretaker, and workers in tableaux of rural life at his château at Argentelle, in Normandy. Among the medium's pioneers in France, having taken up photography in 1843, Humbert de Molard exhibited this triptych at the 1856 Brussels Photographic Exposition as proof that he had made fast exposures and permanent prints even in 1850, when few practiced the art of photography on paper.
Inscription: Exhibition labels affixed to original glass, recto TC, BC above and beneath images: "139 [in ink]", "Albumine rapide 1850 [in ink]"; label affixed to frame verso with inscriptions in ink and pencil: "Paisanant [?] // N685 // Hubert [sic]", "BL14194"
Galerie Texbraun (Hugues Autexier and François Braunschweig); Jean-Michel Braunschweig (brother and heir to François); [Galerie Baudoin Lebon]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.
See 1998.58a,b, & c for individual cataloguing of three individual prints in frame.