Autochromes Lumière

Eugène Druet, Art Photographer

Eugène Druet Eugène Druet
Eugène Druet b: Paris, June 16, 1867 - d: Paris, January 21, 1916

practised most of the early 20th century photographic techniques before developing his own procedure. When the Lumière Autochromes were released on the market he began at once to use them to photograph the works of art he displayed in his gallery. He employed different formats, such as the 9x13cm, used for projections, as well as the 13x18cm and 18x24cm formats, which were more suited to viewing directly, or in illustrated publications. He thus established a collection of colour photographs of the artworks that he sold in his gallery; these photographs were taken of paintings and sculptures, which were created by contemporary artists of the time as well as the great masters. One of the jewels of his photo reproductions was his van Gogh's collection; which were taken when the artist was just beginning to become well known. He photographed L'Arlésienne (Mme Joseph Michel Girous) and the Portrait du docteur Gachet in 1908. Unlike the traditional manner of reproducing an artwork, his images never failed to live up to the requirements the images themselves set: "... In going against a very great number of photographers, who are content to care very little about precision, Mr. Druet has always concerned himself with orthochromatism, thus achieving a level of fidelity that is indispensable to the reproduction of artworks." Bulletin of the SFP, 1908.

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