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Nicely tinted.Bruno-Auguste Braquehais was born in Dieppe, France on Jan. 18, 1823. He studied at the Institute Royal des Sourds-Muets in Paris. He worked in lithography in Normandy, and returned to Paris after the 1848 Revolution, where he took up painting. In 1850 he married Laure Mathilde Gouin (about 1829-after 1889), the daughter of a noted Paris daguerreotypist.By 1850 Braquehais was marketing colored daguerreotypes at his studio address, Place de la Madeleine 10, Paris.From accounts, Braquehais was indeed a mute; at meetings of the Societe Francaise de Photographie, it was Felix Jacques Moulin who often spoke on his behalf. His handicap affected even his photographic approach: his images are cluttered with accessories that left models stranded, their bodies draped with veils in shroud-like fashion and with nothing to relieve their stiff, theatrical stance, but still, the nuanced lighting used by the artist imbues his beautifully indifferent models with a degree of carnal presence that is rarely observed in work by his contemporaries.Upon his father-in-law's death in 1855, Braquehais took over Gouin's studio, where he was joined by his wife and mother-in-law. Gouin's daughter was also a photographer, who had been trained by her father, as well as--thanks to her mother's training--a colorist. He and his wife worked jointly in creating nude figure studies and producing stereoscopic portraits. They specialized in daguerreotypes, a technique they would be one of the last to use in Paris.Braquehais participated in several exhibitions: the Paris Exhibition in 1863 and again in 1864; Berlin the next year; then in 1867 again Paris, where he received honorable mention. In 1869 he teamed up with Despaquis, who had been granted Poitevin's carbon process patents.His last known activity was a photographic reportage on the Commune of Paris (1871), entitled "Photographies Parisiennes" ("Parisian Photographs").He died in La Celle-Saint-Cloud on Feb. 13, 1875.

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Seated Female Nude with Veil
Bruno-Auguste Braquehais (attributed to) Seated Female Nude with Veil

Price $13,500

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Description

Ref.# 14901

Medium Stereo daguerreotype

Mount in glass enameled mount with gold gilt border

Photo Date 1850s  Print Date 1850s

Dimensions 3-5/16 x 6-7/8 in. (85 x 175 mm)

Photo Country France

Photographer Country France

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