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[Chandelier]

Charles Nègre (French, 1820–1880)

Date:
1850s
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
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.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Collection of Clifford Ross
  • Description

    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.

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