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.
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Attributed to Félix Jacques Moulin (French, 1802 - 1875)
Paris, France (Place Created)
Albumen silver print
16.5 × 21.9 cm (6 1/2 × 8 5/8 in.)
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.
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.