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From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France

February 24, 2019 to May 12, 2019
From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia - 19130 PA
On first seeing a photograph around 1840, the influential French painter Paul Delaroche proclaimed, "From today, painting is dead!" The story sounds far-fetched, but it captures the anxieties that surrounded the technology when it first emerged in the mid-19th century.

At the time of photography's invention, painting was (and had long been) the primary medium for recording images. The art establishment had rigid guidelines for style and an official hierarchy of subject matter: First came history paintings, which sought to impart moral messages. Portraiture was next. Then came scenes of daily life, or genre paintings. Landscape and still life ranked lower still.

The nearly 250 iconic pictures in this exhibition are organized by these official categories, illuminating the possibilities and challenges that amateur and professional photographers faced while experimenting with their new medium. In each section, you'll see how early photographers both embraced and questioned the conventions of the dominant tradition; how technical limitations hindered their attempts to imitate painting; and how, in the process, they invented new ways of seeing the world, setting the stage for our modern visual culture.

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