Negative number "1923" at the bottom right. Monogram Vallou de Villeneuve and negative number carried over to the pencil marking below on the mount.
Julien Vallou de Villeneuve (December 12, 1795 in BoissySaint-Léger – May 4, 1866 in Paris) was a French painter, lithographer and photographer. Vallou de Villeneuve studied with Jean-François Millet, and started his career at the Salon of 1814, exhibiting images depicting daily life, fashion, regional costumes and nude photographs. In the 1820s and 30s he developed an international following for his foliosized lithographic erotic series Les Jeunes Femmes, depicting racy episodes in the life of young women and their lovers.
From 1842 Villeneuve took up the camera, first producing daguerreotypes and then softly toned salted paper prints from paper negatives of the same subject matter. He moved to Paris in 1850, founding the Société française de photographie in 1854. He was also a member of the Société héliographique from 1851. Realist painter Gustave Courbet was introduced to his photographs by fellow artist Alfred Bruyas during the 1850s and used them as source material for his paintings, in particular L'Atelier (1855) and Les Baigneuses (1853). No photographs by him after 1855 are recorded.
Vallou de Villeneuve is buried at Père Lachaise Cemetery.
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Medium Albumenized salt print from paper negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1852-53 Print Date 1852-53
Dimensions 6-1/2 x 4-13/16 in. (165 x 122 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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