The J. Paul Getty Museum

Nude at Mirror

Object Details

Title:

Nude at Mirror

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Bruno Braquehais (French, 1823 - 1875)

Culture:

French

Date:

1850–1852

Medium:

Daguerreotype, hand-colored

Object Number:

84.XT.1582.31

Dimensions:

6.4 × 5.7 cm (2 1/2 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Object Description

A young woman in a transparent gown and black slippers stands against a mirror that reveals her bare shoulder. She braids her hair, her upraised arms cleverly concealing her breasts. The conspicuously crumpled cloth on the chair at the lower right of the image is a subtle reminder of the ordinary circumstances of the photographic sitting: this is not an actual glimpse into a boudoir but a model posing for the camera. The fabric was likely the model's clothing, unceremoniously cast off as she assumed the role of seductress. Likewise, the rope that appears to hold erect the mirror at right is a reminder of the smoke-and-mirrors theatricality that was common in photographic studios.

getty.edu, Interpretive Content Department, 2008.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Little Pictures (December 7, 1993 to March 6, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 7, 1993 to March 6, 1994
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
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