The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 4, 2024

Portrait of Ernestine Nadar, the artist's wife, wearing fur stole

Portrait of Ernestine Nadar, the artist's wife, wearing fur stole

c. 1880–83
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Nadar and his wife Ernestine were married for 54 years.

Description

This striking and unusual uncut sheet of carte-de-visite exposures was taken by one of France’s most successful early portraitist photographers, Nadar. Cartes de visites—small photographs the size of a visiting card (2.125 x 3.5 inches)—were statements of identity, meant to be seen by others. They were handed out to family, friends, and if one was a celebrity, purchased by fans. This is instead an intimate, direct exchange between sitter and camera, wife and husband.
  • ?-2021
    Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, Scarsdale, NY
    June 7, 2021
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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