[Self-Portrait in the Garden]

Object Details

Title:

[Self-Portrait in the Garden]

Artist/Maker(s):

Hippolyte Bayard (French, 1801 - 1887)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris neighbourhood, France (Place created)

Date:

1847

Medium:

Salted paper print

Dimensions:

16.5 x 12.3 cm (6 1/2 x 4 13/16 in.)

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One of several self-portraits by amateur gentleman photographer Hippolyte Bayard in the Getty Museum's Collection, this example presents Bayard as a man of the middle class. Although not dressed to plunge his hands in the earth, he looks at home in his garden, surrounded by the commonplace tools of the trade: a barrel, a rustic vase, empty terracotta pots, a watering can, a ladder, and a trellis. The beginning of a vine adorns the trellis and new growth appears at his feet, both of which suggest a new season for the garden as well as the gardener. His confident, proud stance suggests that Bayard was also a gentleman gardener very keen to identify himself with his pastime.

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
Experimental Photography: Discovery and Invention (January 17 to April 2, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), January 17 to April 2, 1989
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
Bibliography

Naef, Weston J. Experimental Photography: Discovery and Invention (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989) fig. 4.

Hargraves, Michael. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 29.

Education Resources

Education Resource

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Grades

Format

Photography and Choreography

Lesson in which students engage in visual and written activities that support the creative process of choreographing a solo dance composition.

Visual Arts; Dance

9-12

Three/Five-Part Lesson