Mme Crémieux, died 1880

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Mme Crémieux, died 1880


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




1856 - 1857


Salted paper print


22.2 x 15.9 cm (8 3/4 x 6 1/4 in.)

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Scholars know little of Madame Crémieux, not even her first name, though her maiden name was Silny. A native of Metz in northeast France, she married the lawyer and politician Adolphe (Isaac-Moïse) Crémieux in 1824. Her personal qualities were such that in 1869 she was described as being "of the greatest distinction." She seems demure if not slightly sad, with a faint smile playing about her lips and her eyes lovingly directed toward her husband, who likely stood nearby as she posed.

Nadar very much admired Crémieux, whose political views often coincided with his own. He also admired Madame Crémieux and the harmonious marriage she and her husband shared, which lasted for more than fifty years and ended with their deaths one month apart in 1880.

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

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. 108.