Photographs of Artists

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898)

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
(1824–1898)

Through the acquisition of personal archives such as that of René Huyghe, a small collection of photographs of artists in both formal and studio settings has been established. The department’s album holdings complement the photographs of artists with the Galerie Contemporaine Artistique and Galerie Contemporaine des Illustrations Françaises, two multivolume nineteenth-century publications that include photographs of French artists. Many of the department’s collection of catalogues of the French Salons feature portraits of artists and their submission to the Salon for that year.

Diego Rivera at the New Worker's School, New York, silver gelatin print, 1933. Photograph © Lucienne Bloch

Diego Rivera at the New Worker's School, New York, silver gelatin print, 1933. Photograph © Lucienne Bloch

Most of these photographs were taken by anonymous photographers, but there are some examples in which both the sitter and the portraitist are known, such as Paul Nadar's portrait of Claude Monet or Lucienne Bloch's image of Diego Rivera, who is shown painting at the New Worker's School in New York.

In recent years, the department of image collections has begun to collect actively in this area, especially in the area of  photographs of contemporary artists. Paul Katz donated his photographs documenting members of the New York art world from the 1960s to the 1980s that include views of artist in the process of creating a work of art as well as more formal portraits of artists in the studio.

Daniel Chester French (center) in his studio at 114 West 18th Street, New York, with a model of the Gallaudet Memorial, a child, an assistant, and a sculpture of a nude woman, albumen print, c. 1889

Daniel Chester French (center) in his studio at 114 West 18th Street, New York, with a model of the Gallaudet Memorial, a child, an assistant, and a sculpture of a nude woman, albumen print, c. 1889


 

Other notable examples of artists included in this collection are

Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796–1875)
Daniel Chester French (1850–1931)
Paul Gauguin (1848–1903)
Sam Gilliam (b. 1933)
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867)
Alfred Jensen (1903-1981)
Jasper Johns (b. 1930)
Henri Matisse (1869–1954)
Claude Monet (1840–1926)
Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon) (1820–1910)
Alice Neel (1900-1984)
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
Auguste Rodin (1840–1917)
John Ruskin (1819–1900)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen (1859–1923)
James Van Der Zee (1886-1983)

left: Henri Matisse sketching Henriette Darricarrère in his apartment, silver gelatin print, mid-1920s  right: Anonymous French photographer. Portrait of Rosa Bonheur by Edouard Dubufe. Ambrotype, c. 1857.

left: Henri Matisse sketching Henriette Darricarrère in his apartment, silver gelatin print, mid-1920s  right: Anonymous French photographer. Portrait of Rosa Bonheur by Edouard Dubufe. Ambrotype, c. 1857.

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