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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

On 18 and 25 June 1854, Durieu and Delacroix male and female models presented themselves at 10 rue des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the studio of Durieu to take a series of nude photographs. The models posed all day, Thevelin sketched them (Thevelin a déjà fait des croquis autant de fois que Durieu a fait d'épreuves: une minute ou deux minutes et demie au plus pour chacun), Durieu photographed them. The result was an album of thirty-two photographs that the art critic Philippe Burty later bought from the estate auction of Delacroix.

Delacroix's 1857 Odalisque which is in the private collection of Philip Niarchos is based on a photo by Durieu. This [1] is that photo. And this[2] is the painting. This is the composite [3].

See also

  • Delacroix et la photographie (1982 is a book by Jean Sagne.
Excerpt: "Braquehais, Moulin et Louis d'Olivier diffusent des photographies d'académies qui peuvent donner lieu à de savantes ... Durieu, qui a abandonné le daguerréotype pour le calotype, y acquiert une réputation d'excellent photographe. ..."

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