Green, Green Glass of Home V& A 2009.

V&A Friday Night ‘Flash’; a portrait photo studio using the artist’s collection of green glass as the perfect backdrop for multiple portrait sittings.

Fantin-Latour's painting of nasturtiums (capucines in French) inspired Rideal’s interpretation. The reiterated flowers dance up and down in both works, and the tiered layers of individual green glass vessels can be seen to symbolise the idiosyncrasies of the individual portraits whilst simultaneously alluding to their similarities… like leaves; each is unique.

Rideal's glass collection is an assortment of twentieth century domestic pieces accrued gradually from chance finds. Imported into the context of the V & A, it could be viewed alongside other collections there, for a single night with a garden view of the Brompton Oratory.

Molly Nesbit discusses Eugène Atget’s Nasturtiums (MOMA, NY) In ‘A new history of photography’ edited by Michel Frizot,1994, Könemann.

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