[Still Life of a Hunting Scene]

Object Details

Title:

[Still Life of a Hunting Scene]

Artist/Maker(s):

Adolphe Braun (French, 1811 - 1877)

Culture:

French

Date:

negative about 1867; print about 1880

Medium:

Carbon print

Dimensions:

77.3 x 56.2 cm (30 7/16 x 22 1/8 in.)

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The category of still life painting emerged during the Baroque period in Italy and Belgium. Adolphe Braun photographed works of art from numerous European collections, so he was certainly familiar with such paintings from those assignments. This image of the hunt, with a dead boar and bird, rifle, trumpet, and woodsy vegetation suggests the sporting scene. At first glance the assemblage appears to be an effusively illuminated initial E from a manuscript. Then the gruesome scene reveals itself. The reality of the boar's lifeless body is less picturesque in this highly detailed photograph than it might be in a similar scene in a painting. The photograph's ability to imitate nature so realistically makes for a sober, macabre image.

Exhibitions
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Image and Enterprise: The Photographs of Adolphe Braun (February 4 to August 27, 2000)
  • Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, (Providence), February 4 to April 22, 2000
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art, (Cleveland), June 18 to August 27, 2000
In Focus: Tasteful Pictures (April 6 to August 22, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 6 to August 22, 2010