Artist: Louis-Rémy Robert (French, 1810–1882)
Medium: Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions: 22.6 x 16.8 cm (8 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.)
Credit Line: Purchase, Joyce and Robert Menschel, Mrs. Harrison D. Horblit and Paul F. Walter Gifts, and Rogers Fund, 1991
Accession Number: 1991.1044
Robert's colleague Alfred 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 field-only Gobert's face is in focus-and 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.