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Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau

Photograph
1851 (photographed), c.1855 (printed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Gustave Le Gray trained as a painter in the 1840s but took up photography soon after. He followed the Barbizon School painters to the French forest of Fontainebleau, where he made enchanting photographic studies. Combining technical knowledge with artistic flair, Le Gray rapidly became one of the most renowned photographers of his day.


Object details
Category
Object type
Additional titleIn the Forst of Fontainebleau (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Gold-toned albumen print from waxed paper negative.
Brief description
Photograph by Gustave Le Gray, 'Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau', 1851, printed c.1855, albumen print
Physical description
Gold-toned albumen print photograph of the Forest of Fontainbleau. A clearing is depicted with wild flowers and a narrow path leading through the trees. The woodland becomes darker and thicker on either side of the path. A facsimilie signiature of the artist in red ink appears in the bottom right hand corner of the print.
Dimensions
  • Height: 300mm
  • Width: 380mm
Credit line
Chauncey Hare Townshend Bequest 1868
Place depicted
Summary
Gustave Le Gray trained as a painter in the 1840s but took up photography soon after. He followed the Barbizon School painters to the French forest of Fontainebleau, where he made enchanting photographic studies. Combining technical knowledge with artistic flair, Le Gray rapidly became one of the most renowned photographers of his day.
Bibliographic references
  • Coe, Brian & Haworth-Booth, Mark. A Guide to Early Photographic Printing Processes. London: The Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Hurtwood Press, 1983.
  • p. 312Storie dell'Impressionismo : I grandi protagonisti da Monet a Renoir da Van Gogh a Gauguin / a cura di Marco Goldin. Treviso : Linea d'ombra, [2016] 9788889902349
Collection
Accession number
68007

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Record createdAugust 19, 2004
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