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[An Arrangement of Tobacco Leaves and Grass]

Object Details

Title:

[An Arrangement of Tobacco Leaves and Grass]

Artist/Maker(s):

Charles Aubry (French, 1811 - 1877)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1864

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

47 x 37.3 cm (18 1/2 x 14 11/16 in.)

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After working as a designer of patterns for carpets, fabrics, and wallpapers, Aubry formed a company to manufacture plaster casts and make photographs of plants and flowers. His detailed prints of natural forms were intended to replace the lithographs traditionally used by students of industrial design. This close-up of a delicate arrangement of leaves and grasses on a lace-covered background appears as if a slight movement of air could disturb it.

Exhibitions
The Flowering of Early French Photography: Selections from the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (December 20, 1988 to May 7, 1989)
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, (Baltimore), December 20, 1988 to February 12, 1989, (Cat.)
  • Toledo Museum of Art, (Toledo), March 11 to May 7, 1989, (Cat.)
In Focus: Still Life (September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011, (Cat.)