Aug[uste] Vitu, journaliste

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Aug[uste] Vitu, journaliste


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






Salted paper print

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24.5 × 17.9 cm (9 5/8 × 7 in.)

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In 1844 both Auguste Vitu and Nadar were journalists, living in garrets in the narrow rue des Canettes, across which they carried on aerial conversations. A jack-of-all-trades literary, Vitu revolved through the editorships of several small newspapers and was by turns editor, political or military historian, drama or literary critic, and writer of fiction and financial manuals.

By the time Vitu sat for Nadar in 1860, his appearance betrayed his political opinions. His pointed and waxed mustache and goatee are modeled on those of Napoleon III. Nadar, a progressive thinker, lamented the fact that a man as spirited as Vitu had become a sympathizer of the Empire. The intensity of Vitu's gaze reflects his verve.


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

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
In Focus: The Portrait (January 27 to June 14, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 27 to June 14, 2009

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. 58.