25.10.2018 Cosmic Pluralism and the Rise of Astrophotography

Ferdinand Quenisset (1872–1951), French astrophotographer

Quénisset was born on 8 August 1872 in Paris, the son of Gatien Jules Quénisset, an assistant director of Monnaies et Médailles in Paris, and Juliette Antonia Mallard, a dressmaker.Ferdinand became interested in astronomy by reading Camille Flammarion‘s books. In 1891, Quénisset, 19 years old, joined Flamamrion’s Society Astronomique de France as assistant librarian. At the time, the SAF was located at 28 rue Serpente in Paris. Soon, Quenisset worked also as an observer at Flammarion’s observatory in Juvisy-sur-Orge, where he discovered a comet in 1893.He was forced to abandon astronomy for several years while he performed his military service, but then returned to Juvisy to resume his post at the observatory until 1947.

Flammarion’s Observatory in Juvisy

The observatory was established in Juvisy-sur-Orge in 1883 by the French astronomer and author Camille Flammarion, with the support of the Emperor of Brasil, Don Pedro II, who became curious to know about aliens by reading Camille Flammarion‘s books.Flammarion published his first book, The Plurality of Inhabited Worlds, in 1862 and was dismissed from his position at the Paris Observatory later the same year. In Real and Imaginary Worlds (1864) and Lumen (1887), Flammarion describes a range of exotic species and extraterrestrial life, with a religious conviction derived from the writings of Saint-Simonian apostle Jean Reynaud and their emphasis upon the transmigration of souls.

PWT 36-2018 Cosmic Pluralism

“What intelligent being, what being capable of responding emotionally to a beautiful sight, can look at the jagged, silvery lunar crescent trembling in the azure sky, even through the weakest of telescopes, and not be struck by it in an intensely pleasurable way, not feel cut off from everyday life here on earth and transported toward that first stop on the celestial journeys?…” (Camille Flammarion).

05.10.2018 Le Catalogue OTTO-PORTRAITS est en ligne et la vente fait la Une de la Gazette !

Un fonds d’atelier photographique est retrouvé intact après cent ans d’oubli. Le studio du portraitiste Otto, place de la Madeleine, accueillait le Tout-Paris de la Belle Époque. Otto et ses fils y menaient grand train.

Autoportrait 1
Paul Verlaine 3
Comtesse Greffulhe 4-5
Edward Steichen 6
Gommes bichromatées 7-8
Artiste au chapeau 12
Isadora Duncan 13-18
Guerrier africain 19
Ida Rubinstein 20-24
Ballets russes 25-30
Autoportrait 31
Fonds d’atelier 32-50

Le catalogue est accessible en ligne en cliquant sur n’importante quelle image ou en se rendant directement sur le site de Daguerre :

http://daguerre.fr/prochaines-ventes/

La gazette Drouot a fait l’honneur de sa Une à la découverte de ce fonds d’atelier photographique, avec un article en page 8, accessible sur le site pour les abonnés.

Cinq épreuves seront visibles dès la semaine prochaine, à l’exposition Collégiale Œuvres Choisies qui se tiendra du 12 au 21 octobre en salle 9.

Le catalogue imprimé sera disponible en avant première en salle 9, le Jeudi 18 Octobre en fin d’après-midi, début de la nocturne de Drouot (18h).

Une affiche 40×60 cm sera également disponible sur simple demande pour les personnes qui souhaiteraient la présenter dans leur vitrine, ou simplement décorer leurs murs :

OTTO-Portraits-catalogue-leger

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