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Photograph - The Great Wave, Sète
  • The Great Wave, Sète
    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884
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The Great Wave, Sète

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1857 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Albumen print from two collodion-on-glass negatives

  • Credit Line:

    Townshend Bequest

  • Museum number:

    68004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TECHS

This print, the most dramatic of his seascapes, combines Gustave Le Gray's technical mastery with expressive grandeur. He photographed the view on the Mediterranean coast near Montpellier on the southern coast of France. At the horizon, the clouds are cut off where they meet the sea. This indicates the join between two separate negatives. The combination of two negatives allowed Le Gray to achieve tonal balance between sea and sky on the final print. It gives a more truthful sense of how the eye, rather than the camera, perceives nature.

Physical description

Albumen print. View of the Mediteranean coast at Sète near Montpellier on the southern coast of France.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1857 (made)

Artist/maker

Le Gray, Gustave, born 1820 - died 1884 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Albumen print from two collodion-on-glass negatives

Dimensions

Height: 34.3 cm, Width: 41.2 cm

Descriptive line

Albumen print. 19thC, Townshend Bequest. Le Gray, Gustave. The Great Wave, Sette 1856; 19thC, Townshend Bequest; Le Gray, Gustave. The Great Wave, Sette 1856

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Christine Riding and Richard Johns. Turner & the sea ISBN: 9780500239056

p. 263

Techniques

Albumen process

Subjects depicted

Water; Rock; Shore; Cloud; Wave (water); Sea

Categories

Images Online; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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