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[Standing Male Nude]

Charles Alphonse Marlé (French, 1821–after 1867)

ca. 1855
Salted paper print from paper negative
Image: 25.7 x 17.6 cm (10 1/8 x 6 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Ezra Mack Gift and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1991
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  • Description

    Marlé’s photograph was probably intended as an aid for painters and sculptors. The jury-rigged arrangement of podium, books, and potted tree, as well as the painting held in the background by a studio assistant, may strike the modern viewer as an incongruous contrast to the heroic gesture of the model. Marlé and those who bought his photograph, however, would have been absorbed by the grand academic pose and likely would have thought the awkward accoutrements of little consequence.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Photographer's blind stamp on mount, recto, LC: "[in oval] MARLÉ Photographe// Paris// 29, Boulevart [sic] St Martin"; blindstamp on mount, recto UR corner, sideways: "[in tablet] A. B// PARIS// PHOTOGRAPHIE"

  • Provenance

    (Christie's East, NY, 26 May 1982, lot 30); Jan Groover & Bruce Boice; (Sotheby's, NY, 19 April 1991, lot 6); Ezra Mack, New York