Man with Open Mouth

Object Details

Title:

Man with Open Mouth

Artist/Maker:

Unknown maker, French

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1852

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

Dimensions:

9.4 × 7.3 cm (3 11/16 × 2 7/8 in.)

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Is this man's open-mouthed expression one of agony or ecstasy, his cry one of pain or joy or rage? Probably none of the above; most likely, this image was made as a scientific record of a man with deformed teeth and diseased gums, thus making it an example of an early photograph created as a medical document.

Provenance
1984 -

André Jammes

Exhibitions
The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
French Daguerreotype (May 12, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
  • Musée d'Orsay (Paris), May 12 to August 17, 2003
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), September 22, 2003 to January 4, 2004
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