Paul HavilandFlorence Peterson in a kimono holding flowers© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / René-Gabriel Ojéda
The son of a great American porcelain-maker in Limoges, Paul Burty Haviland was, while in New York, between 1908 and 1915, an influential member of the Photo-Secession. A faithful ally of Alfred Stieglitz in his struggle for the acknowledgment of photography and modern art, he himself left a body of high quality photographic works yet to be widely published and essentially composed of portraits, nudes and cityscapes. Around forty works, chosen from an important fund which came to the Musée d'Orsay thanks to the generosity of Mme Nicole Maritch-Haviland, the artist's daughter, made it possible to re-discover this forgotten artist.
Curators Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay and Quentin Bajac, curator, Musée d'Orsay