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Study after Nature

Study after Nature

c. 1853–55
(French, 1795–1866)
Image: 16.1 x 12.2 cm (6 5/16 x 4 13/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
Location: not on view


In the early 1850s, despite protests from moralists, photographs of nudes (known as académies) were discreetly produced under the guise of "artist's studies." Among those most skilled at making such studies was Julien Vallou de Villeneuve. A successful painter and lithographer during the 1820s and 1830s before turning to photography in the early 1840s, he created a new repertoire of poses for artists to use as compositional aids. Among his clients was the French realist painter Gustave Courbet (1819–1877).
  • Leon Herschtritt, Paris, France
    Joachim Bonnemaison [1943-], Paris, France
    (Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York, NY)
    December 6, 1993
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • "1993 Annual Report." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 81, no. 6 (1994): 143-218. Reproduced: p. 161; Mentioned: p. 162
    Cleveland Museum of Art, Tom E Hinson. Catalogue of Photography. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1996. Reproduced: P. 366
  • 19th-Century French Portrait Photography from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 27-August 9, 2000).
    Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (November 24, 1996-February 2, 1997).
  • {{cite web|title=Study after Nature|url=false|author=Julien Vallou de Villeneuve|year=c. 1853–55|access-date=15 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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