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[Two Standing Female Nudes]

Artist:
Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin (French, 1800–after 1875)
Date:
ca. 1850
Medium:
Daguerreotype
Dimensions:
visible: 14.5 x 11.1 cm (5 11/16 x 4 3/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
The Rubel Collection, Purchase, Anonymous Gift and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.382.46
Not on view
Although Moulin was sentenced in 1851 to a month in jail for producing images that, according to court papers, were "so obscene that even to pronounce the titles . . . would be to commit an indecency," this daguerreotype seems more allied to art than to erotica. Instead of the boudoir props and provocative poses typical of hand-colored pornographic daguerreotypes, Moulin depicted these two young women utterly at ease, as unselfconscious in their nudity as Botticelli’s Venus.
Michel Simon, Paris; [Galerie Gerard Levy, Paris]; [Sean Thackrey, San Francisco (March 1978)]; William Rubel, Santa Cruz, California; [Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Fine Photographs, New York]

Crocker Art Museum. "Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection," January 9, 1982–February 21, 1982.

Achenbach Graphic Arts Council. "Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection," January 1, 1984–February 1, 1984.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Inventing a New Art: Early Photographs from the Rubel Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 1, 1999–September 19, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

Musée d'Orsay. "Daguerreotype francais," May 12, 2003–August 17, 2003.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Dawn of Photography: French Daguerreotypes, 1839-1855," September 23, 2003–January 4, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.

Bernard, Bruce. The Sunday Times Book of Photodiscovery: A Century of Extraordinary Images 1840-1940. London: Thames & Hudson, 1980. pl. 58.

Sullivan, Constance. Nude: Photographs, 1850-1980. New York: Harper & Row, 1980. pl. 3.

Thackrey, Sean. Masterworks of Photography from the Rubel Collection. Sacramento: Crocker Art Museum, 1982. pl. 23.

Bajac, Quentin, and Dominique de Font-Réaulx. Le daguerréotype français: un objet photographique. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2003. no. 232, p. 306.



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