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 Anonymous - Two portraits of the painter Bellanger painting in the open air
Stéphane Couturier - The Grand Palais [I]
 M. Meys (possibly Marcel Meys, working in France in the 1890s) - The painter Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse (?) painting in the open air – street scene
Léon Vidal (?) - Neptune calming the storm and 16th century jewellery
 Anonymous - Photographic collection of ornamental motifs
 Maison Ad. Braun & Cie (which operated under this name from 1876 to 1889) - Two half-length portraits of the painter Camille-Félix Bellanger

Neptune calming the storm and 16th century jewellery

Vidal (?)
Two photochromes depicting works from the Dutuit collection (Petit Palais)
Late 19th century – early 20th century (post 1872, the year in which the photochrome technique was patented)
Photomechanical proofs backed with card in a cutaway mount.
24 cm x 17,6 cm

These two plates reproduce works from the Petit Palais belonging to the Dutuit collection. The images were obtained using the photochromy process.

In the recent catalogue Photochromie. Voyage en couleur, 1876-1914 [Photochromy. A Journey in Colour, 1876-1914], Sabine Arqué describes this complex process: “ […] photochromes are mass-produced colorized lithographic proofs obtained from a black and white photographic negative […].

Léon Vidal filed a patent for the invention of the photochromy technique in 1872. Photochromies were successful, especially for reproductions of works of art. The effect is quite characteristic: the way in which the image is printed gives the impression of relief to the photograph, as well as bright colours which appealed to enthusiasts. In 1872, Léon Vidal embarked on the huge project of using photochromy to reproduce exhaustively the major works of art in French collections. The luxurious book was called Trésor artistique de la France, but never progressed beyond volume II.

Auguste Dutuit, an occasional photographer, paid close attention to the dissemination of his work and was enthusiastic about the most up-to-date techniques such as chromolithography. The works reproduced in these two plates were probably part of a much larger collection. Could they have been plates from the Trésor artistique de la France? Or plates commissioned directly by Auguste Dutuit to enhance his collection?

Inventory number: 
PHDUT00047 and PHDUT00048
Inventory number : PHDUT00047 and PHDUT00048
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