About the Artist:
Léon Crémière, France, (1831-1872), was a portrait photographer best known for his photographs of animals. He maintained a studio in Paris with a partner, Erwin Hanfstaengl, a brother of the noted Munich photographer, Franz Hanfstaengl. Here they produced staged portraits for people in the aristocracy and high society, utilizing elaborate fabrics, carved accessories, and deep brown tonality. They also produced both cartes-de-visite and large format portraits.
During the 1860’s Crémière was commissioned to work photographing all the French military corps, and this led to a commission to photograph the Emperor Napoleon III hunting with his hounds as well as the Imperial farms. After this he began to concentrate on animal photography, especially sporting dogs, for which he is best known today. [DES-01/16]
- See also the (c. 1911-1913) photographs by Charles Augustin Lhermitte here in the museum.