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A. Rutot 
Clair de lune sur la mer 
[Photo-Club de Paris / 1896, Pl. XXXIV] 
1896 
  
Heliogravure / Photogravure 
16.5 x 12.5 cm 
  
Photoseed 
Photograph courtesy PhotoSeed.com 
  
 
LL/14362 
  
Country: Belgium: Brussels
 
Rutot was a very early promoter of artistic photography in Belgium. In 1888, Rutot spoke about the "personal expression of the photographer" -his views were printed in the Bulletin de L'ABP (Bulletin for the Brussels Artistic and Literary Circle) : "On this occasion Mr. A. Rutot emphasized photography's aptitude, when guided by artistic sensibilities, not only to reproduce faithfully the various aspects and manifestations of nature, but also to become impregnated with the artist's own personality. For example, he urged the viewer to compare the positives of Messrs. Alexandre, Neck, and Puttemans, and at the end of the meeting everybody acknowledged that all the prints, while very successful in themselves, also demonstrated a striking personal element; a special note, one might say, that each artist had imprinted on his work. This must have come as something of a shock to those who still believe that photography entails nothing more than the application of chemical and mechanical processes." (Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888-1918 p.161)
 
According to the web, A. Rutot may also be the well-known professor of paleontology from Brussels who uncovered in Boncelle, Belgium "an extensive collection of paleoliths of Oligocene age (25 to 38 million years old) "
 
Plate (Graveur) by Fillon et Heuse
Printed by Ateliers Charles Wittmann
 
Included in the "Troisième Exposition d'Art Photographique" of the Photo-Club of Paris (1896) 
 

 
  
 
  
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