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Empress Eugénie

Artist:
Olympe Aguado de las Marismas (French, Paris 1827–1894 Compiegne)
Date:
1860
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 13.6 × 9.2 cm (5 3/8 × 3 5/8 in.), arched top Sheet: 14.1 × 9.5 cm (5 9/16 × 3 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.826
Not on view
On January 30, 1853, less than two months after declaring himself emperor, Napoleon III married the twenty-six-year-old Spanish countess Eugénie de Montijo. Renowned for her beauty and fashion sense (she was particularly fond of dresses designed by Charles Frederick Worth), Eugénie set the style for the imperial court and for all of French fashion.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on print, verso TC: "Photographie de // S.M. Eugénie Impératrice // des Français. Faite // par mon beau-frère // Olympe Aguado dans // son atelier de la Place // Vendôme en Mars // 1860. Cette épreuve // n'a pas été livrée en //commerce et n'existe qu' à // 5 ou 6 exemp. Emma Baronne de Freystedt"
Olympe Aguado; Baroness Emma de Frystedt, sister-in-law of the artist; [Gérard Lévy, January 2, 1987, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York

University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara. "Image of Desire: Femininity, Modernity, and The Bird of Mass Culture in Nineteenth Century France," October 4, 1994–December 11, 1994.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Napoleon III and Paris," June 9–September 7, 2009.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity," February 26, 2013–May 27, 2013.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity," June 26, 2013–September 22, 2013.

Morand, Sylvain. Olympe Aguado (1827–1894): Photographe. Strasbourg: Musées de Strasbourg, 1997. no. 157, p. 199.



Accompanies portrait of Napoleon III (2005.100.825)
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