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[The Artist, His Mother, and Friends in Fishing Garb]

Artist:
Olympe Aguado de las Marismas (French, Paris 1827–1894 Compiegne)
Date:
ca. 1860
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 17.7 × 14.6 cm (6 15/16 × 5 3/4 in.) Sheet: 19 × 14.6 cm (7 1/2 × 5 3/4 in.), irregularly trimmed
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.249
Not on view
The photographer Count Olympe Aguado de las Marismas was a wealthy aristocrat and a familiar figure at the court of Napoleon III. At an informal gathering at one of his country houses, Aguado posed his family and friends as fishermen, complete with long poles, a fine net, and foul-weather gear made of oilcloth. Although her elegant printed dress peaks out from below her rain jacket, the artist's mother seems well disposed for a soggy jaunt to the local trout stream. The photograph exemplifies the striking maturity and confidence, both technical and aesthetic, achieved by the medium's finest practitioners in its second decade.
Inscription: Inscribed in blue ink on print, verso TL: "Aguado"
Olympe Aguado; [...]; Louis Robert; by descent to J. Watelin; [...]; [Lunn Ltd, New York]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, August 25, 1994

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sight Unseen: Photographs from the Gilman Collection".

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

Morand, Sylvain. Olympe Aguado (1827–1894): Photographe. Strasbourg: Musées de Strasbourg, 1997. p. 126.



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