[Ernestine Nadar]

Object Details


[Ernestine Nadar]


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




about 1863


Albumen silver print


8.6 × 5.6 cm (3 3/8 × 2 3/16 in.)

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However much she may have deplored Nadar's enormous expenditures on his ballooning experiments, Madame Nadar supported him in the enterprise. Women's clothing of the 1860s, particularly the fashionable, enormous crinoline skirts, was clearly unsuitable for balloon ascensions, so she adopted men's clothing tailored to her specifications, including a soft-brimmed bowler hat into which her hair could be tucked. Among her accessories in some of these nine poses are what appear to be a case for binoculars and the anchor for a balloon, used to attach to a tree or the ground when descending.

Little Pictures (December 7, 1993 to March 6, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 7, 1993 to March 6, 1994
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. 46.