NADAR. Maria Morris Hambourg et al. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1995. Organized in association with Reunion des musees nationaux, Paris, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, and Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris. Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. 284 pp. with 212 ills. 31 x 24 cm. LC 94-44424 ISBN 0810964899 In English.
A substantial review of the career of French artist Nadar (Felix Tournachon, 1820-1910) that focuses on his celebrated achievements as a portrait photographer while also exploring the varied roles he played as a critic, caricaturist, balloonist and entrepreneur in mid-19th-century Paris, this catalogue features full-page reproductions of 98 photographs produced by Nadar from 1854 to 1865, the selection featuring striking portrayals of Baudelaire, Dore, Delacroix, Berlioz, Sarah Bernhardt and many other celebrated figures of the period along with depictions of medical curiosities and the Parisian catacombs. Augmented by individual commentaries on the works, seven scholarly essays include detailed discussions of Nadar's flamboyant early activities as a writer and caricaturist, his development as a portrait photographer, the significance of his art criticism, and his interest in the use of photography for scientific and documentary purposes.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Photography
Worldwide Number: 024880
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