The Musée d'Orsay collection is exceptional as it includes shots taken in artistic circles, sometimes by the artists themselves, that show the intimate side of famous people. The first family portraits are daguerreotypes that remain static and restrained, in particular those of Millet's family.
Then diverse emotions are visible: the albums of the Menier, Vaudoyer and Henri Lemoine families record happy moments. Finally, with the apparition of instant pictures, relatively solemn group portraits will be succeeded by images of children playing, laughs and swimming parties, such as those of the Terrasse family shot by Bonnard.
Dominique Planchon-de Font-Réaulx, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 17, Autumn 2003
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux