Figure 45: Contraction électrique forte des triangulaires des lèvres et des sourciliers: douleur et déspoir

Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine

Figure 45: Contraction électrique forte des triangulaires des lèvres et des sourciliers: douleur et déspoir

c. 1856

Albumen print from glass plate negative (printed 1862)

Image: 23.5 x 17.9 cm (9 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.); Oval opening: 16.2 x 11.9 cm (6 3/8 x 4 11/16 in.); Mounted: 41.2 x 27.4 cm (16 1/4 x 10 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2018.7

Description

Duchenne embarked on the first scientific, systematic exploration of the physiology of human facial expression and hoped, through photographs of his experiments, to teach artists how to portray those emotions. The experiments were performed by applying electrical stimulation to a single muscle on one side of the face, so that the viewer could clearly see the impact of the muscular contraction.

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