The J. Paul Getty Museum

Female Nude

Object Details

Title:

Female Nude

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Félix Jacques Moulin (French, 1802 - 1875)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

1856

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Object Number:

84.XP.687.1

Dimensions:

16.5 × 21.9 cm (6 1/2 × 8 5/8 in.)

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Object Description

Moulin was sentenced to a month in prison following the seizure of a number of his nude photographs by the police in 1851. He became more cautious thereafter, registering a large portion of his work with the government in order to claim official sanction. The seductive glance offered by this young woman pushes the image past what was considered acceptable at the time and may be the reason the photographer did not sign it.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1974

Gérard Lévy, French, 1934 - 2016, sold to Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., 1974.

1974 - 1984

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

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Flowering of Early French Photography, 1840-1870 (April 28 to June 28, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), April 28 to June 28, 1987
The Flowering of Early French Photography: Selections from the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (December 20, 1988 to May 7, 1989)
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art (Baltimore), December 20, 1988 to February 12, 1989
  • Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo), March 11 to May 7, 1989
The Eye of Sam Wagstaff (January 14 to April 6, 1997)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), January 14 to April 6, 1997
In Focus: The Nude (October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008
The Impressionists and Photography (October 15, 2019 to January 26, 2020)
  • Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), October 15, 2019 to January 26, 2020
Bibliography
Bibliography

Corcoran Gallery of Art. A Book of Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff. (New York: Gray Press, 1978), p. 109.

Hellman, Karen, ed. Real/Ideal: Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016), pl. 103.

Peters, Kathrin, and Andrea Seier (eds.). Gender & Medien-Reader (Zurich: Diaphanes, 2016), p. 150.