Young Alsacienne Woman

Young Alsacienne Woman

c. 1871

Adolphe Braun

(French, 1812-1877)

Carbon print on a ruled mount

Image: 40 x 30.5 cm (15 3/4 x 12 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.57

Location

Did you know?

This image is an allegory, not a portrait.

Description

The woman wears the costume of, and personifies, the province of Alsace near the Franco-German border, where French photographer Adolphe Braun had his studio. The museum also owns Braun’s allegory of Lorraine (Woman in Lorraine Dress, 1999.109). After France lost the Franco-Prussian war, it had to yield most of Alsace and one-quarter of Lorraine to Prussia (now Germany) in 1871. While allegorical, these images were also personal for Braun and many Frenchmen, and often seen together as a pair.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.