Cooperstown, NY

Exhibition Opening | “A Perfect Likeness”: Folk Portraits and Early Photography

Fenimore Art Museum LogoThis exhibition will show how early photography contributed to the demise of folk portraiture in the 1840-50 period. Established painters were deeply affected by the invention of the daguerreotype and their reactions to this early photographic method varied. Some painters stopped painting and sought new occupations; others adapted their style to try to compete with the daguerreotype likenesses; yet others embraced the new technology and became daguerreotypists themselves. Their decisions were undoubtedly based partially on business concerns, stage of career, and the individual desire for artistic expression. Regardless of their responses, it became clear almost immediately that the American public would embrace this new technology, making painted portraits virtually obsolete, by creating what artists and daguerreans alike called “a perfect likeness.”

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October 10, 2015
December 31, 2015
Fenimore Art Museum 5798 State Highway 80 Cooperstown, NY 13326 USA
Event Type:
Arts & Theater
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