NÈGRE, CHARLES (1820-1881) [Flore,
1859]. Albumen print, 13 x 9 3/4 inches (330 x 247 mm), unmounted.
This statue in this image is by Charles-Antoine Coysevox (1640-1720). In 1858, Nègre proposed a publication devoted to a pictorial history of art, which was to be illustrated with his newly developed heliogravure process. This suggestion (to the Emperor) was rejected, but he was instead commissioned to produce a series of prints of the statues in the Tuileries, of which Flore is one. Nègre began photographing there a year later. According to Francoise Heilbrun of the Musée d'Orsay, 15 prints of this image remained in the Nègre family, and a majority were acquired by the Jammes collection, which sold them at their 2002 Paris auction. However, this print was not in this sale, having come directly from the Nègre family. Provenance: Nègre family; Alain Paviot; Vintage Works Ltd.; Dinesh Parekh; to the present owner.
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