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[Aimé] Millet

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[Aimé] Millet


Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon] (French, 1820 - 1910)




France (Place Created)


about 1855–1859


Salted paper print

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22.5 × 15.7 cm (8 7/8 × 6 3/16 in.)

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Object Description

Nadar inscribed the reverse side of this print with the name "Mille," probably an incomplete transcription of the name Millet. The sitter is thought to be the sculptor Aimé Millet, about thirty-seven at this time and poised on the brink of his first great success.

Nadar placed Millet in a dynamic pose, his body turned away from the camera to the right and his head twisted back over his shoulder to the left. Both the set of his mouth and his forceful gaze indicate strength of purpose tempered by benevolence; the intensity and energy in this refined figure accord with contemporary descriptions of Millet. As often in Nadar's portraits, the white of the sitter's collar sets off the head from the somber tones of the clothing--in this case, a loose-fitting corduroy jacket. The cuff echoes the collar's white, but the sculptor's talented hands are not visible.

before 1976 - 1984

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Nadar (June 6, 1994 to July 9, 1995)
  • Musée d'Orsay (Paris), June 6 to September 11, 1994
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), April 3 to July 9, 1995
Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (July 20, 1999 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999
  • The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), November 6, 1999 to January 30, 2000
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), March 12 to May 28, 2000
Les Nadar (October 16, 2018 to February 3, 2019)
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France (Paris), October 16, 2018 to February 3, 2019

Baldwin, Gordon, and Judith Keller. Nadar Warhol: Paris New York: Photography and Fame. Introduction by Richard Brilliant. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999), p. 88.

Aubenas, Sylvie, and Anne Lacoste, eds. Les Nadar: Une Légende Photographique, exh. cat. (Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, with BnF Éditions, 2018), p. 163.