Self-Portrait

Object Details

Title:

Self-Portrait

Artist/Maker(s):

Jean-Gabriel Eynard (Swiss, 1775 - 1863)

Culture:

Swiss

Date:

1850

Medium:

Daguerreotype

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Unlike most of his contemporaries of 1850, Jean-Gabriel Eynard was accustomed to posing for the camera, always under his own direction. There are no known photographic portraits of Eynard by another photographer.

In this self-portrait, he appears substantially at ease, sitting rather casually with his legs apart, his knees uneven, and his right arm draped over the chair. His sparkling eyes express his lively intelligence, and only the upright carriage of his head and the stiff gesture of his left hand, reminiscent of a pose often assumed by Napoleon, betray the stillness necessary for a crisp daguerreotype.

Exhibitions
The Art of the Daguerreotype: Jean-Gabriel Eynard (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998, (Cat.)