Who invented silhouette portraits?
"A French bureaucrat by the name of Etienne de Silhouette created this
form of portraiture in Paris, France in the mid- 1700's. Etienne was
the French Minister of Finance, and was just as well-known for cutting
"shades" of people as he was for cutting the budget to the bone."
(copied from a web site).
"Colonial Silhouette Art: Another form of paper art was the making of
portrait silhouettes. The person to be captured in the art form was
seated behind white paper. A candle was lit and placed behind the
sitter who's profile was then cast onto the white paper. A machine was
used which marked and reduced the shadow. The reduced silhouettes was
cut from black paper, mounted and framed."
Students can make their own cut paper silhouettes representing their culture.
I thought this was appropriate since some teachers were asking for
figure drawing lesson ideas. If anyone does a Kara Walker lesson -
send me a sample of student work and a brief "this is what we
did....". I would like to put it on Incredible Art Department.