Auguste Luchet

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Auguste Luchet


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




1855 - 1859


Salted paper print


21.6 x 15.5 cm (8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.)

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The writer Auguste Luchet regards the camera directly yet distrustfully. His life had been difficult, and his character and appearance were noted for their outward harshness. He was at least twice Nadar's subject, first in 1851 when Nadar made him the subject of a captioned caricature and second when he posed for the camera. Despite his rough-hewn appearance, Luchet had a delicacy of expression in conversation and an honest and generous heart.

Luchet's political opinions aligned with those of Nadar, and the two men could be supposed to have much in common. It is thus somewhat surprising that Luchet stares suspiciously, awkwardly constrained in his pose. The overall effect of the portrait is intimate but far from flattering.

On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: 150 Years of Photography (May 7, 1989 to February 25, 1990)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), May 7 to July 30, 1989
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, September 9 to November 26, 1989
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), December 29, 1989 to February 25, 1990
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. 111.