Négresses, à Rio-de-Janeiro
"Negro Women, in Rio de Janeiro" (caption translation). This engraving shows four well-dressed women with various goods on their heads, including an umbrella and a basket of fruit. François-Auguste Biard (1799-1882), or François Thérèse Biard, was a French painter and traveler. Around 1858, he spent two years in Brazil working at the court of Emperor Pedro II. From Rio de Janeiro, he made several excursions into the interior, where he painted some of the earliest images of indigenous people in the Amazon. On his return to France, he went through North America and painted scenes depicting slavery. He published around 180 engravings and was sometimes criticized for inserting humour in otherwise serious paintings. See Ana Lucia Araujo, Brazil through French Eyes: A Nineteenth-Century Artist in the Tropics (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015).
François-Auguste Biard, Deux Annèes au Brèsil (Paris: Hachette, 1862), p. 93.
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South America--Brazil--Rio de Janeiro
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