Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[Woman Seen from the Back]

Artist:
Onésipe Aguado de las Marismas (French, Evry 1830–1893 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1862
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 30.8 × 25.7 cm (12 1/8 × 10 1/8 in.) Mount: 39.4 × 31 cm (15 1/2 × 12 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Joyce F. Menschel Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.1
Not on view
A wealthy amateur photographer and a familiar figure at the French imperial court, the viscount Onésipe-Gonsalve Aguado de Las Marismas joined the Société Française de Photographie in 1858. With his better-known brother Olympe, a founding member of the society, Onésipe Aguado was among the early makers of photographic enlargements. The two brothers also collaborated on tableaux vivants that depict with wit and playfulness the fads and amusements of elegant society.
At once a portrait, a fashion plate, and a jest, this fascinating image expresses Aguado's whimsical mood, and is probably an extension of his work on foreshortening. It is strangely devoid of depth, as if the sitter were a two-dimensional cutout, a mere silhouette. The figure brings to mind the compositions of such painters as Caspar David Friedrich and René Magritte, both of whom made haunting use of figures seen from the back.
Inscription: [No inscriptions or annotations visible]
Onésipe Aguado; [...]; [Graphics International, Washington DC]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, September 30, 1980

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Musées de Strasbourg. "Olympe Aguado," October 18, 1997–January 4, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Photography from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," February 26, 1999–May 23, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Portraits: A Century of Photographs," September 10, 2002–January 13, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 38," June 29, 2004–September 26, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 40," April 19, 2005–July 10, 2005.

Hambourg, Maria Morris, Pierre Apraxine, Malcolm Daniel, Virginia Heckert, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. no. 45, cover.

Morand, Sylvain. Olympe Aguado (1827–1894): Photographe. Strasbourg: Musées de Strasbourg, 1997. p.133.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. pp. 2, 438.



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