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[Isaac-Adolphe] Crémieux

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[Isaac-Adolphe] Crémieux


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




December 1856


Salted paper print

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20.2 × 15.5 cm (7 15/16 × 6 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

Nadar very much admired the lawyer and politician, Adolphe (Isaac-Moïse) Crémieux, whose political views often coincided with his own. Crémieux was sixty when he sat for Nadar in December of 1856 and, as an opponent of Napoleon III like Nadar, temporarily inactive in politics. Nadar began the sitting, the only one which he ever described in detail, by talking and laughing with Crémieux while placing him in the best light and adjusting the lens. Nadar seems to have placed the camera slightly lower than the subject's eye level, giving him added stature.

Crémieux's contemporaries thought the sitter peculiar in both appearance and manner, although his wife disagreed, insisting that Nadar agree with her that her husband was handsome. At least in retrospect the photographer agreed, finding the man beautiful in the tenderness he inspired and merited but more truly--if unconventionally--beautiful because of his "superior intelligence, infinite goodness, perpetual forbearance, love of justice, and above all the inalterable serenity of his pure conscience."

Nadar offered this kind of oval print, an edition print, for sale in his studio. Along with his portrait of Madame Crémieux, this image is exceptional in part because more is known about the circumstances of its making than any of Nadar's other portraits.


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

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. 107.