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Les Charbonniers de la Montagne Noire

Arthur Batut (French, 1846–1918)

Date:
1885–57
Medium:
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives
Dimensions:
Image: 4 x 3.5 cm (1 9/16 x 1 3/8 in.) Image: 3.5 x 2.7 cm (1 3/8 x 1 1/16 in.) Mount: 24.8 x 31.8 cm (9 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.) Frame: 57.2 x 47 cm (22 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Espace Photo Arthur Batut - Labruguière - France, Archives Departementales Du Tarn
  • Description

    Batut merged male and female faces in his study of an insular community of charcoal makers from the Montagne Noire region, in southern France. Using composite portraiture as a genealogical tool, he attempted to demonstrate the physiognomic differences among various communities living in close proximity.

  • Provenance

    Per two letters from 2001 addressed to the President of the Assocation of Musée Arthur Batut from Arthur Batut's descendants, the Musée Arthur Batut assumed responsibility for the objects in their collection. [See copies in file]
    Reproduced in Serge Negre and Sylvie Desachy, "Arthur Batut: Regards d'un Humaniste Photographe (1846-1918)," (Toulouse: Privat, 2008), p. 100.

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