Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)

Original on top, later version below

"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’ 

The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

1. Repulse Bay (1999)

2. Et la Chambre Orange (1992)

Josef Albers - Homage to the Square (1965)

Josef Albers - Homage to the Square (1965)

Thomas Hardy
“It was part of his nature to extenuate nothing and live on as one of his own worst accusers.”

Antonio Pedrosa - The Pose and the Prey (published 2013)

Hidden Mother

"Trying to get a baby or a fussy toddler to sit still for a photograph can feel like a herculean task. Luckily, it only takes a second to get the shot. In the nineteenth century, however, it was a different storyparticularly when it came to tintype portraits, which required a long exposure. 

Photographer Laura Larson’s series, Hidden Mother, presents a survey of nineteenth-century tintype portraits in which the mother of the child was included in the photograph, but obscured. 

In some instances, the mother would hold her child, with a cloth or props hiding her from the lens, or she would be painted over by the photographer after the image had been taken. In other examples, the mother is entirely absent from the frame, save for an arm, holding the child in place. 

The results are both funny and slightly disturbing. The mother appears as an uncanny presence, Larson writes in a statement. Often, she is swathed in fabric, like a ghost.”  

Miguel Laino - Mazda (2012)

Miguel Laino - Mazda (2012)

The First Photograph of a Human Being

"This photograph of Boulevard du Temple in Paris was made in 1838 by Louis Daguerre, the brilliant guy who invented the daguerreotype process of photography.

Aside from its distinction of being a super early photograph, it’s also the first photograph to ever include a human being.

Because the image required an exposure time of over ten minutes, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappear from the scene. However, in the bottom left hand corner is a man who just so happened to stay somewhat still during the shot — he was having his shoes shined.”

Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native
“Persons with any weight of character carry, like planets, their atmospheres along with them in their orbits.”
Valerio Carrubba - Now I Won (2013)

Valerio Carrubba - Now I Won (2013)

Marco Basta - Rains (2011) - Inkjet print & pearl pigment on various papers

Marco Basta - Rains (2011) - Inkjet print & pearl pigment on various papers

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