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682.01   Improving content on photographic techniques
682.02   Cliché verre
682.03   Man Ray: Les vois lactées (1974)
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682.01   Process and product >  Improving content on photographic techniques 
We are seeking to expand the themes covering photographic techniques and processes. These sections will include:
  • Invention of the process
  • Any related patents
  • Trade literature
  • Contemporary advertisements and announcements of the innovation
  • A description of the process and its variants
  • Historical examples and details of where examples can be located in public collections
  • Contemporary examples by photographers using the exact process.
Conservation will not initially be included but may be in the future if required.
682.02   Process and product >  Cliché verre 
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Cliché-verre[1] [Fr.] literally translated means "glass picture' and is a technique that combines art and photography and was used mainly by French artists including Jean Baptiste Corot,[2] Jean François Millet,[3] and Charles François Daubigny.[4] It was normally done by using a smoking candle to coat a glass plate with soot. The desired picture was then drawn with a sharp instrument directly into the blackened surface and the resulting plate was used as a photographic negative and contact printed.  
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Jean Baptiste Corot 
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Charles François Daubigny 
Although mainly used in the 1860s the cliché verre technique has also be used by György Kepes[5], Man Ray[6] and Abelardo Morell.[7]  
Carl-Heinz Chargesheimer 
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Man Ray: Les vois lactées (1974) 
682.03   Process and product >  Man Ray: Les vois lactées (1974) 
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  1. Λ Elizabeth Glassman & Marilyn F. Symmes, 1980, Cliché-verre: Hand-Drawn, Light-Printed: A Survey of the Medium from 1839 to the Present, (Detroit: The Detroit Institute of Arts) 
  2. Λ Gary Tinterow, 1996, Corot, (Metropolitan Museum of Art) 
  3. Λ Alexandra R. Murphy, 1999, Jean-François Millet: Drawn Into the Light, (Yale University Press) 
  4. Λ  Michael Marlais, 2004, Valenciennes, Daubigny, and the Origins of French Landscape Painting, ( Pennsylvania State University Press) 
  5. Λ G. Kepes, et al., 1995, Language of Vision: Fundamentals of Bauhaus Design, (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications) [Reprint]; Gyorgy Kepes, 1984, Light Graphics, (New York: International Center of Photography) isbn-10: 0933642059 isbn-13: 978-0933642058 [Exhibition catalogue]; Gyorgy Kepes, & Marjorie Supovitz (ed.), 1978, Gyorgy Kepes: The MIT Years 1945-1977, (The MIT Press) 
  6. Λ In the Lempertz, Cologne, auction catalogue (28 Nobember 2104), Lot: 76 the portfolio Les vois lactées (1974, Turin: Edition Galleria Il Fauno) was listed that included 11 gelatin silver cliché verre prints by Man Ray. I'd be interested in any further details on this portfolio - 
  7. Λ Abelardo Morell: Cliché-verres


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Glassman, Elizabeth & Symmes, Marilyn F., 1980, Cliché-verre: Hand-Drawn, Light-Printed: A Survey of the Medium from 1839 to the Present, (Detroit: The Detroit Institute of Arts) [Δ
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Jean Baptiste Corot  (1796-1875) • Charles François Daubigny  (1817-1878) • György Kepes  (1906-2001) • Abelardo Morell  (1948-)
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