Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)
Salted paper print from glass negative
Image: 30.9 x 23.1 cm (12 3/16 x 9 1/8 in.)
Frame: 60.3 x 50.8 cm (23 3/4 x 20 in.)
Collection of Clifford Ross
Not on view
The flickering flames of candles, lamps, and fires were too dim and ephemeral to be captured in early photographs. For this study, Nègre, a former painter and printmaker, photographed a modest brass chandelier in broad daylight against a black backdrop. He then painted on the negative a solid bright flame with a slight aureole of illumination floating above each candlewick.