Monday 11 August 2003
Pix Of The Day: Charles Nègre At Musée d'Orsay
CREDITS: © Musée d'Orsay
MAP: Musée d'Orsay, Quai Anatole France, and museum access information.
Constraints imposed when creating the triptych below have distorted the aspect ratios of the two outer images. Click any of the images to see original source.
The Musée d'Orsay has a recent acquisition of some of the work of 19th century photographer Charles Nègre (1820-1880), which has been added to the permanent collection. That last link will allow you to step through the museum's feature by clicking on the page thumbnails and a page link: alternatively you may step through the feature by clicking left to right on the triptych images above. The most probable dates for these images are 1853 for the outer two, and 1852 for the middle one.
At the time of writing the Musée d'Orsay is winding up 'French Daguerreotype: A Photographic Object', something that we hope to feature at a later date.
Here are some other web sites featuring Nègre's work:
• Fourteen images by Nègre on Alex Novak's Vintage Works, Ltd web site, which operates out of Chalfont, Pennsylvania (hence the apparently UK company name, but with a US format). The web site also has twenty one special exhibits on a range of subjects. If you enjoy looking at photographs this site may give you as much pleasure as it gave us. Highly recommended for an extended virtual visit.
• Anonymous '(Possibly Charles Nègre)' is how Alex Novak offers an interesting image of a tree, available on the iPhoto Central web site, which offers services for photograph collectors.
• Organ Grinder in the Getty Explore Art Collections section of the extensive Getty Education web site. Nègre made a series of images of organ grinders.
• Minimalist Nègre biography, but with excellent links to overviews of the photographic processes available at the time, from Dr. Robert Legatt, who has a very useful and extensive photohistory web site.
•  Beaucaire 1852 negative image in the Art Unlimited Cybermuse web site, a feature from the NGC (National Gallery of Canada). A favorite of ours,  Chimney Sweeps Walking 1851, is also on the Cybermuse web site. Cybermuse has a catalog of 119 Nègre images (117 titled, 2 untitled, 2 illustrated), but only the two linked above are illustrated on the web site. If you are lucky enough to live in Ottawa you may be able to see the images, and after visiting the NGC, also visit the affiliate CMCP (Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography).
• Summary of Nègre's life and work, neatly done by the Museum of Provençal Art and History, one of three museums in Nègre's home town of Grasse.
• Harvesters (oval) near Grasse in 1865 is a famous Nègre work, somewhat like a Millet painting though more bucolic and less savage, which may be seen on the web site for the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
• Harvesters (rectangular) can be seen on the JGS (Joy of Giving - a not for profit organization that collects and supports art works which illuminate the impact of current events, discoveries and controversies on our future lives) in the Opus 4 gallery in the Eternal Change section.
• Sotheby's auction company news release details a sale of the Collection of Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes in March 2002. The web page has many details about the two enthusiasts whose collection was being sold; details about the earliest documented image produced by photographic means (Niécephore Niépce's 1825 heliograph of a painting of a man leading a horse) that was also in the sale; and excellent reproductions of three famous Nègre images.
• BBC news carried an article about the Niépce image, which we include here because the illustration is much better.
• Christie's auction company has an item (graphic #14 in the RH column) marked 'Charles Nègre; Arria and Poetus by Pierre Le Pautre; Tuileries Gardens, 1859; Salt Print; Sold for £56,500 in May 2000 ; London, South Kensington'.
• Exhibition featuring the Cote d'Azure, a favorite Nègre subject, is on the web site for the City of Nice, French Riviera, as 'Exhibition: 1863-1900 NICE; From Charles Nègre to Jean Giletta'
• La Riviera is mentioned in several places on the web:
One place the book 'La Riviera by Charles Nègre' appears is the reading list suggested on the web page for tourism in Grasse, Nègre's birthplace. The book, authored by the photographer, seems to be out of print, though we have seen 'pre-loved' versions offered for around €20.00.
The $US Dollar is approximately 1:1 with the €ECU Euro at the time of writing.
• Street in Grasse 1852 is a recent acquisition by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and shows excellent detail for its period.
Caricature Of The Day courtesy of Caricature Zone
Our caricature subject's birthday was celebrated yesterday.
IDENTITY LINK: click the image below. Click this text for a BIO-FINDER LINK.
Spanish actor (1960- ). An extensive multi lingual filmography, coupled with a sparse biography, makes it difficult to write a balanced feature. His dream to become a pro soccer player was dashed when he broke his foot at fourteen years of age.
After a series of successful Spanish movies, his big break came when he moved to the USA, co-starring with Armand Assante in a 1992 movie about two musician brothers leaving Cuba for America in the 1950s, hoping to hit the top of the Latin music scene. Afterwards his career seems to have been life imitating art.
For his work on his only movie of 2000 he is said to have been payed $12,000,000: perhaps his outgoing costs were high. He is quoted as saying, "I don't want anything I don't deserve, (but) if they offer me more money, I'm not a-stupid." This entry was prepared using an IMDB (Internet Movie Database) feature.
Quotation Of The Day courtesy of Wordsmith.org
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
- Arthur Conan Doyle, physician and writer (1859-1930)
On This Day In 2002: Head of the Rocks - Sunday 11 August 2002
The US Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration is developing the brand 'America's Byways', which they describe thus, 'America's Byways are a two-tiered designation consisting of the All-American Roads and the National Scenic Byways. All-American Roads are our country's finest byways: the best of the best. They are destinations unto themselves and an exciting adventure for all ages. National Scenic Byways possess outstanding qualities that exemplify the regional characteristics of our nation.' I counted 115 of these roads: for sure if you drove all of them you would have a pretty good picture of the grandeur of American landscape. Utah has 27 Byways. The National Scenic Byways program web site has a growing image library, which contains some public domain pictures, plus others that may be used under certain licence conditions.
The picture I chose is 'Head of the Rocks Overlook' by A.E. Crane of NSBO © 2001, which is on the 112 mile drive Highway 12-A 'Journey Through Time Scenic Byway', which passes through the Grand Staircase - Escalante area. Visit the web page for more details, a map, and photo gallery. This splendid route has been designated as an 'All-American Road'. If you have a 19" or larger monitor there is a bigger version of the picture (please allow time for it to download).
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)