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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

"From today, painting is dead" ("La peinture est morte, à dater de ce jour!" [1]) is a remark attributed to French artist Paul Delaroche. However, there is little compelling evidence to support this claim. The remark was supposedly uttered in 1839, when Delaroche saw the Daguerreotype (the first successful photographic process).

"No earlier source for this anecdote can be found than the tendentious Les Merveilles de la photographie, first published by Gaston Tissandier in 1873. It is, however, certain that Delaroche was asked ..."[2]





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