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Gustave LE GRAY & [Alexandre DUMAS] Photographie originale d'Alexandre Dumas

Gustave LE GRAY & [Alexandre DUMAS]

Photographie originale d'Alexandre Dumas

Paris s.d. (circa 1860), 6,4x10,4cm, une photographie.


Original photograph of Alexandre Dumas
Paris s.d(circa 1860), 6.4 x 10.4 cm, one photograph
Original photograph on albumen paper laminated on card taken by Gustave Le Gray and showing a bearded Alexandre Dumas in white trousers. Contemporary print.
Model name written in pencil at the bottom of the shot. Deep blacks and beautiful contrast.
Very beautiful full-length portrait of the writing looking intensely at the camera.
About this photo, which he prints on the front page of this Monte-Cristo magazine dated 5 January 1860, Alexandre Dumas writes: “I only want to state the first, the most essential, quality of this portrait: resemblance. It's up to you, dear readers, to see if the photograph has gone any further. It is also that I must say to you that I did not allow myself to be guided by chance in the choice of the photographer, and that in Mr Gray I simply met an artist of the best quality. Go and find him, judges of photography told me great things, and you will be happy. I went to see him and I was amazed. I understood - something that after having had a hundred portraits by a hundred different photographers, you may not yet suspect, dear reader - I understood that, as a photographer, Le Gray is both an artist and a scholar.”

700 €

Réf : 67776

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