Sans titre vers 1937 Laure Albin Guillot Collection musée Nicéphore Niépce, Ville de Chalon-sur-Saône.

Sans titre vers 1937
Laure Albin Guillot
Collection musée Nicéphore Niépce,
Ville de Chalon-sur-Saône.


From 26 February 2013 until 12 May 2013 – Musée du Jeu de Paume

Laure Albin Guillot (Paris, 1879–1962), a “resounding name that should become famous”, one could read just after World War II. Indeed, the French photographic scene in the middle of the century was particularly marked by the signature and aura of this artist, who during her lifetime was certainly the most exhibited and recognized, not only for her talent and virtuosity but also for her professional engagement.
Organised in four parts, the exhibition, “Laure Albin Guillot: The Question of Classicism” allows one to discover her art of portraiture and the nude, her active role in the advertising world, her printed work and, at last, a significant gathering of her “micrographies décoratives”, stupefying photographs of microscopic preparations that made her renown in 1931.

Estampe pour F. Marquis chocolatier-confiseur, Paris sans date Laure Albin Guillot Collection particulière, Paris

Estampe pour F. Marquis chocolatier-confiseur, Paris
sans date
Laure Albin Guillot
Collection particulière, Paris


T
he photographer’s work could appear as a counter-current to the French artistic scene of the 1920s to 40s, whose modernity and avant-garde production attract our attention and appeal to current tastes. It is however this photography, incarnating classicism and a certain “French style” that was widely celebrated at the time.

Micrographie - vers 1929 Laure Albin Guillot - Collections Roger-Viollet / Parisienne de Photographie. © Laure Albin Guillot / Roger-Viollet

Micrographie – vers 1929
Laure Albin Guillot – Collections Roger-Viollet /
Parisienne de Photographie.
© Laure Albin Guillot / Roger-Viollet


S
he was notably one of the first in France to consider the decorative use of photography through her formal research into the infinitely tiny. With photomicrography, which she renamed “micrographie”, Laure Albin Guillot thus offfered new creative perspectives in the combination of art and science.

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