Louis-Rémy Robert (French, 1810–1882)
Salted paper print from paper negative
8 7/8 x 6 5/8 in. (22.6 x 16.8 cm)
Purchase, Joyce and Robert Menschel, Mrs. Harrison D. Horblit and Paul F. Walter Gifts, and Rogers Fund, 1991 (1991.1044)
Robert's colleague Alfred-Thompson Gobert, head of the enameling workshop at Sèvres, is shown here with his head slightly bowed and his eyes half closed (in part to help maintain his pose during a long exposure in bright sunlight), as if lost in thought. The shallow depth of fieldonly Gobert's face is in focusand the flecks of light and soft massing of shadows so characteristic of prints from paper negatives heighten the sense that this portrait is a privileged meditation by Robert on the interior world of his friend.