Standing Female Nudes, ca. 1850

Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin :: Two Standing Female Nudes, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype. | src The Rubel Collection (at The Met)
Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin :: Two Standing Female Nudes, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype. | src The Rubel Collection (at The Met)

Although Moulin was sentenced in 1851 to a month in jail for producing images that, according to court papers, were “so obscene that even to pronounce the titles . . . would be to commit an indecency,” this daguerreotype seems more allied to art than to erotica. Instead of the boudoir props and provocative poses typical of hand-colored pornographic daguerreotypes, Moulin depicted these two young women utterly at ease, as unselfconscious in their nudity as Botticelli’s Venus. [quoted from The Met]

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