Emile ZolaDenise sitting, two dolls in her arms© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Jean-Jacques Sauciat
Emile Zola's photographic work, revealed in 1979 by by François-Emile Zola's study followed by various exhibitions, demonstrates the precision of the writer's attention to the city and his contemporary world. Family photography also had an important place in Zola's photographic production.
The Musée d'Orsay acquired 26 portraits of Denise, the daughter the writer had with Jeanne Rozerot, made between c.1898 and 1902, the year when the writer died. These sensitive portraits testify to the affection he held for his daughter. Zola operated as an artist, having Denise pose in many thoughtful and gracious attitudes with the conscience of a professional photographer.
Curator Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay