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Flower Piece (Hydrangeas)

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Adolphe Braun, Flower Piece (Hydrangeas), ca. 1855, albumen silver print, Gift of Sandra Phillips in honor of Terry Toedtemeier, public domain, 2010.28.2

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Title

Flower Piece (Hydrangeas)

Artist

Adolphe Braun (French, 1811-1877)

Date

ca. 1855

Medium

albumen silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 9 1/4 in x 7 5/8 in; sheet: 12 1/8 in x 9 7/16 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Sandra Phillips in honor of Terry Toedtemeier

Accession Number

2010.28.2

Copyright

public domain

Terms

albumen prints

flowers

flowers

photographs

Terry Toedtemeier Memorial Gifts

Description

French textile designer Adolphe Braun took his first photographs in 1851, using pictures of flower arrangements as inspiration for new fabric and wallpaper patterns. A catalogue of these floral images earned Braun a medal at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Following this achievement, he turned his full attention to photography. Braun established a successful studio that specialized in panoramas of the European countryside as well as reproductions of works of art housed in exceptional institutions such as the Musée du Louvre. This early image of hydrangeas, which serves as a document as well as a sensitive, simple artistic study, is a fine example of the classic floral motifs that earned Braun his breakthrough success in the 1850s.

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