Exhibitions/ Art Object

Les Charbonniers de la Montagne Noire

Arthur Batut (French, 1846–1918)
Albumen silver prints from glass negatives
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.)
Credit Line:
Espace Photo Arthur Batut - Labruguière - France, Archives Departementales Du Tarn
Not on view
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.
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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

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