Female Nude
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Attributed to Félix Jacques Moulin
French, 1856
Albumen silver print
6 1/2 x 8 5/8 in.

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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.