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Still Life with Statuary and Drapery

c. 1850
(French, 1801–1887)
Image: 26.6 x 20.6 cm (10 1/2 x 8 1/8 in.); Mounted: 34.9 x 27.2 cm (13 3/4 x 10 11/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
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Unlike his contemporaries, Bayard was fascinated with ancient Greco-Roman statuary. From his inventory of over forty examples, he created a captivating still life of plaster casts that affirms his technical proficiency and sensitivity to subject matter. Bright, natural light illuminates the figures and bas reliefs. Their three-dimensionality is emphasized by the stark contrast of their white surfaces with the dark background. The composition is also embellished with gracefully flowing draperies, which frame the scene. Bayard appears not to have had any formal artistic or scientific training, but was a key figure and talented inventor in the early history of photography. Although his contributions were initially ignored, he went on to become a distinguished member of the photographic community in Paris. This rare print from a wet collodion negative is the outcome of Bayard's experimentation with the direct paper positive process, which he began around 1839.
Still Life with Statuary and Drapery

Still Life with Statuary and Drapery

c. 1850

Hippolyte Bayard

(French, 1801–1887)
France, 19th century

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