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Nadar Collection

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Background imageNadar Collection: First Aerial Photo

First Aerial Photo
The first aerial photograph showing the Place de l Etoile, Paris, taken by Nadar in 1858 from an altitude of 520 meters in a tethered balloon. (Photo by Nadar/Getty Images)

Background imageNadar Collection: Nadars Le Geant balloon on exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London in 1863

Nadars Le Geant balloon on exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London in 1863. Contemporary English wood engraving
THE GIANT BALLOON, 1863. Nadars Le Geant balloon on exhibition at the Crystal Palace in London in 1863. Contemporary English wood engraving

Background imageNadar Collection: LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895). French chemist and microbiologist. Photographed by Nadar in 1889

LOUIS PASTEUR (1822-1895). French chemist and microbiologist. Photographed by Nadar in 1889

Background imageNadar Collection: G-F Tournachon Ka Nadar

G-F Tournachon Ka Nadar
NADAR, proper name Gaspar-Felix Tournachon French photographer, balloonist &c

Background imageNadar Collection: Zola / Nadar Photo

Zola / Nadar Photo
EMILE ZOLA French novelist

Background imageNadar Collection: George Sand / Nadar Photo

George Sand / Nadar Photo
GEORGE SAND Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dudevant, nee Dupin French writer

Background imageNadar Collection: Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French composer. Artist: Nadar

Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French composer. Artist: Nadar
Claude Debussy (1862-1918), French composer. A print from Les Musiciens Celebres, Lucien Mazenod, Paris, 1948. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageNadar Collection: Felix Nadar, half-length portrait, standing in the basket of

Felix Nadar, half-length portrait, standing in the basket of a balloon, holding binoculars. Date 1897

Background imageNadar Collection: Literature. The french writer Theophile Gautier. Photo by Felix Nadar (1856)

Literature. The french writer Theophile Gautier. Photo by Felix Nadar (1856). Postcard, France, c.1900 (b/w photo)
3434009 Literature. The french writer Theophile Gautier. Photo by Felix Nadar (1856). Postcard, France, c.1900 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Litterature. L'ecrivain francais Theophile Gautier. Coll)

Background imageNadar Collection: Nadar's balloon Le Geant

Nadar's balloon Le Geant
3732777 Nadar's balloon Le Geant'; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Nadar's balloon Le Geant which made its debut in Paris. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNadar Collection: Literature. The french writer Alphonse Daudet. Photo by Paul Nadar, c.1880 (b/w photo)

Literature. The french writer Alphonse Daudet. Photo by Paul Nadar, c.1880 (b/w photo)
3433995 Literature. The french writer Alphonse Daudet. Photo by Paul Nadar, c.1880 (b/w photo); (add.info.: Litterature. L'ecrivain francais Alphonse Daudet. Coll. Part. Literature)

Background imageNadar Collection: French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar

French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar
2911709 French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar; (add.info.: French caricature of photographer and balloonist Nadar, standing next to his camera and holding a quill pen in right hand)

Background imageNadar Collection: Nadar's balloon Le Geant

Nadar's balloon Le Geant
3732763 Nadar's balloon Le Geant'; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Nadar's balloon Le Geant which made its debut in Paris. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNadar Collection: Nadar's balloon Le Geant

Nadar's balloon Le Geant
3732778 Nadar's balloon Le Geant'; (add.info.: Engraving depicting Nadar's balloon Le Geant which made its debut in Paris. Dated 19th Century.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageNadar Collection: Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952) wearing the Lily Dress created by Worth, 1896

Élisabeth, Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952) wearing the Lily Dress created by Worth, 1896
Elisabeth, Countess Greffulhe (1860-1952) wearing the Lily Dress created by Worth, 1896. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Viollet-Le-Duc, between 1876 and 1884. Creator: Nadar

Viollet-Le-Duc, between 1876 and 1884. Creator: Nadar
Viollet-Le-Duc, between 1876 and 1884. From Book: Galerie Contemporaine

Background imageNadar Collection: Self-Portrait in Indian Costume, c.1863. Creator: Nadar

Self-Portrait in Indian Costume, c.1863. Creator: Nadar
Self-Portrait in Indian Costume, c.1863

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Louis Candide Boulanger (1806-1867), Third Quarter of 19th cen

Portrait of Louis Candide Boulanger (1806-1867), Third Quarter of 19th cen.. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)
Portrait of Louis Candide Boulanger (1806-1867), Third Quarter of 19th century. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of the violinist and composer Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), 1855-1859

Portrait of the violinist and composer Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), 1855-1859. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Marie-Henri Beyle, dit Stendhal (1783-1842) in 1840, ca 1855

Portrait of Marie-Henri Beyle, dit Stendhal (1783-1842) in 1840, ca 1855. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)
Portrait of Marie-Henri Beyle, dit Stendhal (1783-1842) in 1840, ca 1855. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of pianist and composer Alfred Quidant (1815-1893), 1855-1859

Portrait of pianist and composer Alfred Quidant (1815-1893), 1855-1859. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)
Portrait of pianist and composer Alfred Quidant (1815-1893), 1855-1859. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Jules Renard (1864-1910), 1861-1869. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)

Portrait of Jules Renard (1864-1910), 1861-1869. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)
Portrait of Jules Renard (1864-1910), 1861-1869. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Nadar (known as Felix Tournachon, 1820-1910), photographer, aeronaut, draftsman and writer, 1890

Nadar (known as Felix Tournachon, 1820-1910), photographer, aeronaut, draftsman and writer, 1890. Creator: Georges Mita
Nadar (known as Felix Tournachon, 1820-1910), photographer, aeronaut, draftsman and writer, 1890

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Madame Marie de Régnier, née de Hérédia, 1889. Creator: Nadar, Paul (1856-1939)

Portrait of Madame Marie de Régnier, née de Hérédia, 1889. Creator: Nadar, Paul (1856-1939)
Portrait of Madame Marie de Regnier, nee de Heredia, 1889. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), ca 1867. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)

Portrait of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), ca 1867. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Félix (1820-1910)
Portrait of Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), ca 1867. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: [Standing Female Nude], 1860-61. Creator: Nadar

[Standing Female Nude], 1860-61. Creator: Nadar
[Standing Female Nude], 1860-61

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), 1891

Portrait of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), 1891. Found in the Collection of Muse e Rodin, Paris

Background imageNadar Collection: Jean-Francois Berthelier Comedian Nadar Gaspard Felix

Jean-Francois Berthelier Comedian Nadar Gaspard Felix
Jean-Francois Berthelier, Comedian; Nadar, Gaspard Felix Tournachon (French, 1820 - 1910); Paris, France; 1856 - 1859; Salted paper print; 24.2 × 18.9 cm (9 1, 2 × 7 7, 16 in.)

Background imageNadar Collection: Caricature of Joseph Mery, French writer

Caricature of Joseph Mery, French writer
Caricature of Joseph Mery (1797-1866), French writer, journalist, playwright and librettist, by Nadar and Riou. Date: 1859

Background imageNadar Collection: Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, aka Nadar, French photographer

Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, aka Nadar, French photographer
Gaspard-Felix Tournachon (1820-1910), aka Nadar, French photographer, caricaturist, journalist and balloonist. Date: circa 1860s

Background imageNadar Collection: Le photographe Nadar. The photograph Nadar

Le photographe Nadar. The photograph Nadar
2757502 Le photographe Nadar. The photograph Nadar. by French School, (19th century); (add.info.: Art. Coll. Part. Art. Photography. The french photographer Nadar)

Background imageNadar Collection: L'assiette au beurre n'219 du 10 june 1905: Misery of the horse by Nadar (print)

L'assiette au beurre n'219 du 10 june 1905: Misery of the horse by Nadar (print)
JEB4886950 L assiette au beurre n'219 du 10 june 1905: Misery of the horse by Nadar (print) by Steinlen, Theophile Alexandre (1859-1923); 31, 2x24

Background imageNadar Collection: Caricature of Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, aka Nadar (1820-1910) 1862 (engraving)

Caricature of Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, aka Nadar (1820-1910) 1862 (engraving)
1730124 Caricature of Gaspard-Felix Tournachon, aka Nadar (1820-1910) 1862 (engraving) by Daumier, Honore (1808-79); (add.info)

Background imageNadar Collection: selfportrait of Nadar, c. 1859

selfportrait of Nadar, c. 1859
1707561 selfportrait of Nadar, c.1859 by Nadar, (Gaspard Felix Tournachon) (1820-1910); (add.info.: selfportrait of Nadar, c.1859); French, out of copyright

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of the author Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897), ca 1860

Portrait of the author Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897), ca 1860. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Gustave Dore, 1856-1858. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Felix (1820-1910)

Portrait of Gustave Dore, 1856-1858. Creator: Nadar, Gaspard-Felix (1820-1910)
Portrait of Gustave Dore, 1856-1858. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Roger de Beauvoir (1806-1866), 1855-1859. Creator: Nadar

Portrait of Roger de Beauvoir (1806-1866), 1855-1859. Creator: Nadar
Portrait of Roger de Beauvoir (1806-1866), 1855-1859. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Ernest Legouve(1807-1903), 1861-1869. Creator: Nadar

Portrait of Ernest Legouve(1807-1903), 1861-1869. Creator: Nadar
Portrait of Ernest Legouve (1807-1903), 1861-1869. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Emile Augier (1820-1889), 1857. Creator: Nadar

Portrait of Emile Augier (1820-1889), 1857. Creator: Nadar
Portrait of Emile Augier (1820-1889), 1857. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait du Prince Adam Georges Czartorisky, d apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982

Portrait du Prince Adam Georges Czartorisky, d apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982. [Portrait of Polish nobleman, statesman, diplomat and author Adam Jerzy Czartoryski]

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait de Theophile Gautier d apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982

Portrait de Theophile Gautier d apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982. [Portrait of Theophile Gautier after Nadar]. Photogravure, from the portfolio " Charles Negre: treize heliogravures"

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait de Jules Janin d Apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982. Creator: Charles Negre

Portrait de Jules Janin d Apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982. Creator: Charles Negre
Portrait de Jules Janin d Apres Nadar, c. 1857, printed 1982. [Portrait of Jules Janin after Nadar]. Photogravure, from the portfolio " Charles Negre: treize heliogravures", 1854-1857

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of the opera singer Rosine Stoltz (1815-1903), 1855-1859

Portrait of the opera singer Rosine Stoltz (1815-1903), 1855-1859. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of the poet Francois Coppee (1842-1908), c. 1875

Portrait of the poet Francois Coppee (1842-1908), c. 1875. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867), 1855-1859

Portrait of Theodore Rousseau (1812-1867), 1855-1859. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of the violinist and composer Ernesto Camillo Sivori (1815-1894), 1854-1855

Portrait of the violinist and composer Ernesto Camillo Sivori (1815-1894), 1854-1855. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of Charles Daubigny (1817-1878), 1861-1869. Creator: Nadar

Portrait of Charles Daubigny (1817-1878), 1861-1869. Creator: Nadar
Portrait of Charles Daubigny (1817-1878), 1861-1869. Private Collection

Background imageNadar Collection: Portrait of La Fontaine, c. 1854-1860. Creator: Nadar

Portrait of La Fontaine, c. 1854-1860. Creator: Nadar
Portrait of La Fontaine, c. 1854-1860. Salted paper print



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"Nadar: Capturing the Essence of Time through Photography" Step into the world of Nadar, a visionary photographer who revolutionized the art of capturing moments. In 1863, he astounded the world with his first aerial photo, showcasing a breathtaking view from above. The Crystal Palace in London served as a backdrop to Nadar's Le Geant balloon exhibition, immortalized in an exquisite wood engraving. Throughout his illustrious career, Nadar captured iconic figures that shaped history. In 1889, he photographed Louis Pasteur, the brilliant French chemist and microbiologist whose groundbreaking discoveries saved countless lives. This portrait stands as a testament to Nadar's ability to capture not only physical appearances but also the essence of his subjects' brilliance. Known by many names including G-F Tournachon Ka Nadar and simply "Nadar, " this multifaceted artist had an eye for beauty beyond photography. His lens turned towards literary giants like Zola and George Sand, immortalizing their spirits through captivating portraits that revealed their inner worlds. Nadar's talent extended beyond individuals; he effortlessly portrayed artistic genius too. Claude Debussy, renowned French composer known for his ethereal melodies and harmonies found himself under Nadar's gaze. Through this photograph emerged not just Debussy's image but also an insight into his musical soul. Felix Nadar himself became part of his own photographic narrative when he stood confidently in the basket of a hot air balloon - symbolic of his adventurous spirit and relentless pursuit of innovation within photography. But it wasn't just famous faces that caught Nadar's attention; caricatures brought humor to life through Joseph Mery’s exaggerated features depicted by this masterful photographer-turned-artist. Auguste Rodin was another subject who fell under Nadar’s spellbinding lens in 1891 – capturing both Rodin’s external appearance and inner passion that fueled some of history’s most celebrated sculptures.