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From Mecanisme de la Physionomie Humaine. GuillaumeBenjamin Amand Duchenne de Boulogne was assisted in the photography by Nadar's younger brother, Adrian Tournachon.

See: Duchenne de Boulogne 1806-1875, published by the Musee de Beaux Arts, Paris.

Duchenne studied the mechanism of facial expression during emotion; his atlas of photographs is a most important contribution to medical photography. Duchenne produced photographs of his experimental methods for activating individual muscles by using small electric shocks on patients, images which are directly linked to a scientific text. His images, however, are far from neutral scientific records, and indeed Duchenne had taken some instruction in portraiture from Nadar's brother Adrien Tournachon (1825– 1903). They are visually striking, lit in a manner akin to that of contemporary art portraiture, and

presented as exemplars for those practicing the ‘plastic arts’.

Duchenne saw art and science as two sides of the same coin, and his strong religious faith doubtless sustained him in this view. As a result he produced some of the most famous portraits of 19th-century photography.

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Photo Detail - Adrien Tournachon / Duchenne de Boulogne - Portrait of Duchenne de Boulogne with Patient
Adrien Tournachon / Duchenne de Boulogne Portrait of Duchenne de Boulogne with Patient

Price $35,000

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Ref.# 16022

Medium Albumen print from glass negative

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1856  Print Date 1856-58

Dimensions 9 x 6-7/8 in. (229 x 175 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France


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