Jean-Baptist Frenet / Mother with Two Children / c. 1855Jean-Baptist Frenet
Mother with Two Children
c. 1855

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Creator Name: Frenet, Jean-Baptist
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1814 - 1889
Creator Name-CRT: Jean-Baptist Frenet
Title: Mother with Two Children
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1850
Creation End Date: 1860
Creation Date: c. 1855
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photograph
Materials and Techniques: salted paper print from a collodion negative
Dimensions: Paper: 23.1cm x 16.5cm
Inscriptions: written in black on recto: "19"; in pencil on verso: "50/2 [upside down]; in black: "4"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 2001.5
Credit Line: Jo Hershey Selden Fund

Trained as a painter, Frenet created a small group of photographs that are unprecedented in the early history of the medium for their intimacy and animation. For this portrait, he arranged the sitters to suggest a triangular shape, providing the composition with stability and solidity. He did not surround his subjects with columns, drapery, or other accessories that were often present in portraits of the day. Instead, these simply dressed sitters were placed against a plain backdrop in a natural setting where he could concentrate on capturing their personalities. Frenet's skillful use of natural light drew attention to his subjects' faces and hands. This beautifully printed portrait is a rare example of the artist's early, experimental approach to photography before he opened a commercial studio around 1860.

AMICA ID: CMA_.2001.5
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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