Felix Jacques Antoine Moulin Semi-nude Woman at a Water Fountain
Medium Salt print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1855c Print Date 1855c
Dimensions 8-1/2 x 6-3/8 in. (216 x 162 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
This is a studio-posed portrait of a barefoot girl as she stands by a water fountain. She looks off-camera to the object of her flirtation. Her blouse is loosened to reveal a single nude breast; a water pitcher dangles from her hand. There is a painted countryside backdrop, a faux stone well and tree, and lion-headed spout completing a scene that signified uncorrupted rural sensuality. This was part of the romantic movement's notion of the "primitive" as yet untainted by urban greed and fraud. This was a subject of interest to Moulin who went to Algeria in early March 1856 with Achille Quinet's son as his assistant and literally a ton of photographic baggage. He returned to France with about a thousand negatives, both glass plates and stereo views.
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