Gaspard Félix Tournachon (Nadar)

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  • 1. Gaspard-F lix Tournachon (F lix Nadar) Adrianna Taylor Photo 21 stPeriod Portrait of Flix Nadar (1820-1910)Unidentified PhotographerSmithsonian Institution Libraries

2. Nadar: Facts

  • Born April 6, 1820
  • Died March 21, 1910
  • Nationality: French, born and raised in Paris.
  • Style: Photography, mainly focused on portraits.
  • Preferred medium: salt and albumen print.
  • Movement: Impressionism (1874)

Self Portrait Nadar Salt paper print 185658 3. Nadar: Bio

  • Nadar was a writer, caricaturist (Le Charrivari), political activist, photographer, novelist, balloonist and mini inventor ( Le Gant) .
  • Nadar inspired the character, Michael Ardan, in Jules Vernes science fiction novelFrom the Earth to the Moon.
  • One of the first to use and encourage artificial lighting in photographs. (Catacombs)

Disaster of the balloon "Le Gant"Henry de Montaut 1863 4. Nadar: Bio cont

  • Was the first person to take aerial photographs in 1858.
  • In 1955 the Prix Nadar award for photography in France was named after Nadar.

Nadar elevating Photography to ArtHonor DaumierWood Engraving LithographMay 26 1863 5. Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)Nadar Portrait 1864 6. Charles Baudelaire (18211867) Nadar Portrait 1855 7. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot(1796-1875) Nadar Portrait 1854 8. Jules Favre (1809-1880) Nadar Portrait 1865 9. Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin (aka GeorgeSand) (1804-1876) Nadar Portrait 1864 10. Paul Gustave Dor (1832-1883)Nadar Portrait 1855-1859 11. Lon Gambetta(1838-1882) Nadar Portrait 1870 12. Paris, 1866 Nadar Aerial Image 13. Le Bris' flying machineNadar 1868 14. Revolving Nadar Self portrait 1865 15. Inspiration

  • The portrait I do best is of the person I know best. Flix Nadar, French Photographer
  • On top of being the modern 19th-20th century Renaissance man, Nadar really took on what it means to be a true artist. In everything that he did he made it his own; innovating and transforming it to become something new, different, and exciting. If he wasnt drawing cartoons or writing novels, then he was taking photographs and inventing hot air balloons. I feel that Nadar was one of the few rare people to truly be innately inspired. Every thing he created or attempted to create was strongly influenced by his passion to just create and explore. And if there is one external influence to Nadars inspiration it would be all around good natured curiosity. Having the ability to explore, discover, create, learn, and communicate I feel inspired Flix Nadar and fueled his artistic drive.

16. Art Criticism 17. Description

  • Photograph (Portrait)
  • Sepia Tint
  • Female subject
  • Profile view
  • Figure/subject is wrapped in cloth
  • Only foreground and background
  • Staged background

18. Analysis

  • Form and lighting are the dominant qualities of this piece. Nadar was able to capture a nice range of values using minimum props. The subjects profile view and slightly off centered position gives visual unity to the piece. The wrap allows for texture along with value and you get a sense of movement as the viewer unconsciously follows the subjects eyes.

19. Interpretation

  • I am unclear if Nadar had any deeper meaning to this portrait besides displaying the subject as aesthetically pleasing as possible.
  • However I feel that Nadar was aiming to create a clear image that gave calm and serene effect when gazed at.

20. Judgment

  • I feel that this piece was successful because Nadar was able to portray the subject in an aesthetically pleasing manner through a carefully thought out and planned photograph.
  • Allowingmore than one elements and principles of art to influence his artistic decisions.

21. Questions

  • What is the name of the novel that has a character inspired by Nadar?
    • From the Earth to the Moon
    • From the Stars to the Moon
    • From the Earth to the Stars

22. Answer

  • a. From the Earth to the Moon


  • What medium did Nadar prefer to work in?
    • Albumen print
    • Salt print
    • Both a and b

24. Answer

  • c. Both a and b


  • What was the name of the balloon that Nadar built in 1863?
    • Le Balloon
    • Le Gant
    • Le Aronef

26. Answer

  • b. Le Gant

27. Sources

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