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Two Country Children

Artist
Constant Alexandre Famin, French, 1827–1888
Date
c.1859
Material
Albumen print
Classification
Photographs
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: 6 5/8 x 4 13/16 in. (16.8 x 12.2 cm)
sheet: 13 3/4 x 10 3/16 in. (34.9 x 25.9 cm)
Credit Line
St. Louis Friends of Photography
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
431:2002
NOTES
Children were particularly inviting subjects for 19th-century artists since they were thought to embody innocence and a humanity untainted by social pressures. That message is reinforced in this photograph by the girls' unaffected demeanors. Constant Famin was one of the leading practitioners of the Barbizon school of photography, a movement that featured country life from around Fontainebleau, near Paris. Such photographs of uninhibited rural children were intended primarily for an urban audience.
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