Henri M. Menet Solarization of Flowers of Laburnum Tree
Medium Silver print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1937 Print Date 1937
Dimensions 14-1/2 x 9-1/4 in. (368 x 235 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed below the image at the right recto wirh an interesting mounting, including a silver metal foil border. With several salon labels and stamps on the verso. The flowers are both beautiful and deadly. All parts of the tree are poisonous. The yellow flowers are responsible for the old poetic name 'golden chain tree' (also spelled golden chaintree or goldenchain tree). The trees are native to the mountains of southern Europe from France to the Balkan Peninsula. Henry M. Menet was a Paris high school professor who was also an associate of the university and school of medicine. He was a talented amateur photographer and a member of the Société Française de Photographie et de Cinematographie, where he exhibited in 1937, as well as at many other salons of the 1930s. He became president of L'Académie (Nationale) de Reims in 1945, and was re-elected in 1959 and 1960.
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