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Etude d'apres Nature
Princeton University Art Museum
Museum purchase, anonymous gift, Object no: x1994-58
Interpretation (Accessed: 11 July 2020)
Beginning in the 1850s, photographic nature studies taken outdoors (en plein air) became popular studio reference aides for naturalist painters, particularly among those working in the environs of the Fontainebleau Forest. A number of pioneering photographers sold images of picturesque landscape views, domestic livestock, rustic farmhands, and other quotidian subjects to painters who might have found capturing such authentic details difficult. Quinet was a photographer and publisher who operated a successful shop in Paris from 1869 to 1879, specializing in distinctive nature-study photographs.