Fruit Tree Blossoms
Fruit Tree Blossoms, from Photographs of Flowers (Fleurs Photographiées), ca. 1854
Albumen silver print
Plate: 44.5 x 51.1 cm (17 1/2 x 20 1/8 inches)
Mary B. Jackson Fund 1997.20
Before Adolphe Braun was acknowledged as one of the leading photographers of his day, he was known as a textile designer of floral and abstract motifs. Recognizing the potential of photography for the advancement of his trade, he produced an album of three hundred flower studies in which this photograph of Fruit Tree Blossoms appeared. The album was intended to be a source for textile, wallpaper, and porcelain designs, but these abundantly detailed and richly toned floral arrangements quickly brought him to the attention of a much broader public. Braun went on to produce photographs in diverse genres, from land-scapes and architecture to the documentation of art.