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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

Two portraits of the painter Bellanger painting in the open air

Gelatin silver prints on paper
11,2 cm x 8,5 cm and 10,7 cm x 8,4 cm

Camille Félix Bellanger (Paris, 1853 – Paris, 1923) was a well-known academic painter. These two portraits of the artist at work depict him not as a bourgeois painter, but as a modern artist: the vogue for open-air painting which became so popular in the late 19th century profoundly altered artistic practice.

Bellanger therefore appears very much as a painter of his times, working on an outdoor subject without going so far as to paint it from life (at least in this example).

There is a detail which draws the eye in one of the two photographs: in the bottom left-hand corner of his easel is what could be a working photograph on which the artist is basing his canvas. We can therefore see the tricks of the trade at first hand since artists had been using photography from its beginnings both for documentary purposes, as was apparent in the recent exhibition Delacroix and photography, as well as for more structural ends.

This picture is particularly relevant to the photographic collection at the Petit Palais, which is largely based around the concept of “art in the making”.

Inventory number: 
PPPH00567 and PPPH00568
Inventory number : PPPH00567 and PPPH00568
Acquisition details : Purchase, april 2009
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