Purchase, Ezra Mack Gift and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1991
Not on view
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.
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"
(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
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 48".
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth Century European Photographs: Recent Acquisitions," October 2, 1991–December 1, 1991.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France. "L'Art Du Nu au XIXe Siècle: Le Photographe et Son Modèle," October 14, 1997–January 18, 1998.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.
Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung. "Eine neue Kunst? Eine andere Natur! Fotografie und Malerei im 19. Jahrhundert," July 4, 2003–September 7, 2003.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.
Aubenas, Sylvie. L'Art du nu au XIXe Siècle: Le Photographe et Son Modèle. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, 1997. p. 147.