From “Carmontelle’s Landscape Transparencies.” Private Collection. Black strips served as edges for the transparent drawing rolls
Carmontelle’s experiments with light and moving images: rouleaux transparents, or “rolled-up transparent drawings,” a precursor to modern cinema. The luminous scenes of verdant parks and splendidly attired people — between 12 and 19 inches deep and up to 138 feet long — were backlighted with natural daylight, wound between spindles and viewed in a boxlike precursor to the television, often accompanied by music or narrated by Carmontelle himself. It’s the first time that you see complete action without interruption, with a light from behind and made for the pleasure of the public.
(Source: The New York Times)#carmontelle #paintings #interior_design