Posted on 06/13/2013

Photo taken on August 18, 2010

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M. Wandelmann
memorial portrait
Ulieriu-Rostás collection
early photography
carte de visite
albumen print

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Memorial portrait of a young girl with a photograph of a deceased man, Bârlad/Slănic

Memorial portrait of a young girl with a photograph of a deceased man, Bârlad/Slănic
albumen print on cardboard, carte de visite
M. Wandelmann, Berlad-Slânic (Bârlad / Slănic-Moldova, Romania)
ca. 1880

A visibly sad girl poses with the memorial portrait of a man, possibly her recently passed-away father. The mourning apparatus almost overwhelms the scene: besides the usual dark clothes, she wears a small mourning bracelet at her wrist and a mourning brooch, apparently with a second cameo photograph of the departed one. An interesting document that shows to what extent photography created by the late XIXth century a common visual language above the very different local mourning traditions.


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Hello! I'm curious as to how you got the date. Her clothing looks much earlier to my eye that the later 1890's.
4 years ago.
skiagraphia has replied to Isabella
Hello and thanks for bringing this up - the dates somehow got mixed up in the editing. Wandelmann opened his studio in Bârlad in 1872, the card design points out to the 1880s (I still need to look for some fine-grained analogies). That's more consonant with the girl's clothing, I suppose - but I'd be glad to know your opinion. :-)
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
because 61
because 61
Bonjour .
On vois bien que ses portraits sont composés par des règles sortie tout droit de la peinture et c'est bien les peintres qui nous on montrer le chemin. A tout cas cela fait rêver
4 years ago.