Aurel Bauh • MoMA

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

“I am specifically interested in the visual antecedents of photography that may have led to its consideration in terms of ‘illusion’ or ‘reality.’ I hope to show, in the process, that these two terms cannot be simply equated. Rather, the figuring of photography’s inherent realism grew, in part, from an initial struggle to define the new invention in terms of existing aesthetic categories of illusionist and trompe l’oeil painting.” Stephen C. Pinson • Ninteenth-Century Art Worldwide