Adolphe Braun / Trophée de Chasse / c. 1865Adolphe Braun
Trophée de Chasse
c. 1865

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Creator Name: Braun, Adolphe
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1812 - 1877
Biography: Adolphe Braun French, 1812-1877Adolphe Braun, a French textile designer born in Besançon and trained in Paris, opened his own studio in Dornach, Alsace, before becoming involved in photography in the early 1850s. He produced several early floral textile designs that were published as lithographs. In 1853 Braun began work on a large album of some 300 photographic still-life studies of flowers, intended as aids for artists in the field of decorative arts. The work met with such success at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris that he left the field of design for photography. Braun's carefully executed still lifes are considered to be among the finest ever done. From the mid-1850s on, Braun's firm, Adolphe Braun et Cie., later headed by his son Gaston (1845?1928), became one of the world's largest studios and publishers of topographical views and of reproductions of works of art. In the latter effort, their importance was in part due to Gaston's success with the orthochromatic process, in which photographic reproductions retained a tonal range very close to that of the original work of art. Braun et Cie. were the official photographers to Napoléon III and Pope Pius IX. Their reproductions of works in the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, and many other subjects in architecture, sculpture, painting, and drawing, sometimes using the more permanent carbon or Woodburytype processes, were offered in all sizes and formats, and became the standard in their field. The number of negatives taken by the Brauns or their operators was variously estimated in 1870 to be between 4,000 and 8,000. The Brauns were members of the Société française de photographie. Both were awarded the French Legion of Honor-Adolphe in 1860, and Gaston in 1892. T.W.F.
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Adolphe Braun
Title: Trophée de Chasse
Title Type: Foreign
Title: Trophy of the Hunt
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1863
Creation End Date: 1867
Creation Date: c. 1865
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: carbon print
Dimensions: Image: 78cm x 59.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1985.144
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Context: This rare photograph is from a small group (fewer than ten known negatives) of large scale still lifes of game and hunting paraphernalia. Printed directly from a 31-x-24 inch glass negative, the photograph provides an abundance of textural information.The complex composition of overlapping forms consists of a rifle, powder horn, game bag, tree branches with leaves, and six fowl, probably three partridges and three pheasants, all tacked to a plain, richly grained wooden wall or door. Braun most likelyintended such large-scale photographs to compete aesthetically with paintings of similar subject and composition.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1985.144
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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