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Artist (or Assistant) with Pipe

Image: 21 x 15.7 cm (8 1/4 x 6 3/16 in.); Mounted: 30.5 x 23.5 cm (12 x 9 1/4 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
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Frank Chauvassaignes' portrait is an outstanding example of compositional and technical achievement in early French photography. A handsome young painter, outfitted for work in the studio in a rumpled smock, appears to be caught in a moment of introspection, pipe in hand. The camera's lowered position gives the sitter a dignified air. In this formally balanced portrait, the photographer captured not only the sitter's physical likeness, but also his state of mind. Chauvassaignes, a photographer with a trained and sophisticated eye, lived in Clermont-Ferrand, a city in central France, and was a member of the Société française de photographie. To date, little information has been found about this artist and his small, though remarkable, body of known images
Artist (or Assistant) with Pipe

Artist (or Assistant) with Pipe


Frank Chauvassaignes

France, 19th century

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