Roger Populaire Spilt Milk
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1930s Print Date 1930s
Dimensions 6-5/8 x 9-1/16 in. (168 x 230 mm)
Photo Country Belgium
Photographer Country Belgium
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
A black cat takes advantage of a pitcher of spilt milk in this pictorialist study. With a certification that the photo is by Populaire by Francois Gonzalez, who handled the estate.
Roger Populaire, started in the 1920s as a Belgium Pictorialist and was strongly influenced by the work of his close friend Léonard Misonne. In the beginning he was mainly known for his intimate landscapes. His images are more Symbolist than Impressionist.
During his Pictorialist period Roger Populaire was a fighter for the right for photography as an independent art form. He wrote an important article in the Magazine of the Belgian Photographic Society (APB) in which he defended art photographers using limited editions and standard prices. He wrote this article in 1936.
In the 1950s Populaire's pictures became more modernist in style. As an amateur photographer he celebrated the back country around Charleroi and the quiet corners of the Walloon courts.
At the end of his life Roger Populaire rediscovered the still life. He observed ordinary objects with astonishment and freshness. No complex compositions, nor heavy messages: everyday life had become his favorite subject.
At the same time he created a retrospective of his career as a photographer. He made five albums with his most important photographs and added exhibition labels and personal notes.
He is listed in Auer & Auer's database of photographers where they note that he photographed in France as well as Belgium.
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