Exhibition at the museum

The Brazilian Empire And Its Photographers

From June 14th to September 04th, 2005 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Anonyme-Dame dans une chaise à porteurs avec deux esclaves
Dame dans une chaise à porteurs avec deux esclaves, bahia, vers 1860
Rio de Janeiro, Institut Moreira Salles
© Instituto Moreira Salles / DR

from the collections of the Brazilian National Library and the Moreira Salles Institute
Whereas the French public are largely familiar with 19th century photographs of Egypt and China, images of Brazil from the same period are all but unknown.
Through this exhibition the Musée d'Orsay redresses the balance, unveiling the wealth of the Moreira Salles Institute and Brazilian National Library collections which are made up of the Emperor Dom Pedro II's personal collection.
Brazil's mid 19th century economic boom is most strikingly illustrated by Rio de Janeiro itself which attracted an influx of immigrants from all over the world. Photographers, such as Frenchmen Auguste Stahl and Marc Ferrez, and Germans Albert Frisch and Revert Klumb, were fascinated by these New World landscapes. Brazilian photography in the 19th century is shown to be characterised by a taste for the picturesque which included depictions of views of the Rio bay, landscapes and scenes from the life of slaves.

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