Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[The Salon of Baron Gros]

Baron Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros (French, 1793–1870)
Image: 22 x 17.1 cm (8 11/16 x 6 3/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Fletcher Fund, Joyce F. Menschel Gift, Louis V. Bell Fund, Alfred Stieglitz Society and W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Gifts, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
Gros's exceptional mastery of the technical aspects of the daguerreotype was paired with a refined visual sensibility, seen here in the richness of the setting and the subtle and seductive play of light. Every detail is perfectly calibrated–the ewer carefully silhouetted in the window, the stylish high-back chair positioned invitingly in the glancing sunlight, the daguerreotypes on the easel clearly visible despite their mirrorlike surfaces, and the closed curtains providing a theatrical backdrop. It is an interior and a still life–but most of all it is a portrait of Baron Gros's social standing, aesthetic discernment, travels, and talent.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, verso TL: "Ba Gros";

Marking: Hallmark: "Christofle"
[...]; Michel-Francois Braive, Paris; André and Marie-Thérèse Jammes, Paris; (sold Sotheby's Paris, November 15, 2008, lot 7); [Serge Plantureux, Paris]

Art Institute of Chicago. "Niepce to Atget, The First Century of Photography, from the Collection of André Jammes," October 16, 1977–January 15, 1978.

Jammes, Marie-Thérèse and André. Niepce to Atget: The First Century of Photography: From the Collection of André Jammes. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1977. no. 19, p. 23.

Bajac, Quentin, and Dominique de Font-Réaulx. Le daguerréotype français: un objet photographique. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2003. no. 210, p. 290.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 437.

Orenstein, Nadine M., Jeff L. Rosenheim, and Stephen C. Pinson. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: A Centennial Album: Drawings, Prints, and Photographs 74, no. 3 (Winter 2017). p. 11.

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