Félix Tournachon, 1829-1910, known as Nadar



Self portrait

Félix Tournachon, known as Nadar, 1820-1910

He was a balloonist and photographer, and this presentation was inspired by the previous talk on ballooning.

Three studio based photographs of Nadar as a balloonist


Edouard Manet, Vue de l’Exposition Universelle de Paris de 1867, 1867, oil on canvas, 108 x 196 cm, Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway

An early representation of a hot air balloon in art. The balloon, in the top right hand corner, appears to be tethered.


Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Le ballon, 1870, oil on canvas, 137 x 87 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.

During the Franco-Prusssian War and the Siege of Paris, 1870-71, sixty five balloons were released from the city, with letters and news.


Le ballon Le Neptune sur la place Saint-Pierre, photographié par Nadar, 1870

Nadar was instrumental in organising balloon flights carrying mail to reconnect the besieged Parisians with the rest of the world, thus establishing the world’s first airmail service.

It was at Nadar’s studio, 35 Boulevard des Capucines, Paris, that the first Impressionist exhibition took place


It hasn’t changed much: this photo was taken in March 2014


The cover of the catalogue of the first Impressionis Exhibition of 1874


And… just for fun, because they are balloons, of a sort…


Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog, 1995-98, oil on canvas, 259 x 303 cm


Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog, 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent colour coating, 307 x 363 x 114 cm

BT, 20 February 2018, Meeting No 11

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