Early Photography: Recent Acquisitions at the Clark Art Institute
Recognizing the ways in which the invention and development of photography informed every aspect of later nineteenth-century art, the Clark Art Institute has embarked on a major initiative to build a core collection of early photographs. The collection brackets the years marking the invention of photography in 1839 to the threshold of modernism in the 1910s, with an emphasis on the great masters of nineteenth-century photography in France, England, and the United States. This portfolio of twelve stunning prints helped inaugurate the first new area of collecting for the Institute since it opened its doors to the public in 1955. It includes important works by the leading members of the French Société Héliographique, the photographic society founded in 1851 by Benito de Montfort, as well as work by other noted early photographers.
Images included are: Silver Repoussé Mirror from the Collection of Lord Amherst (1853) by Charles Thurston Thomson; The Nile (1853-54) by John Beasley Green; The Zoological Garden, Brussels (1854) by Louis-Pierre-Théophile Dubois de Nehaut; Standing Female Nude (c. 1855) and Brig on the Water (1856) by Gustave Le Gray; The Château de la Faloise (1857) by Edouard-Denis Baldus; The Pyramids of El-Geezeh from the South West (1858) by Francis Frith; Arria and Poetus by Théodon Jean-Baptiste Le Pautre, Jardin des Tuileries (1859) by Charles Negre; Multnomah Falls Cascades, Columbia River, Oregon (1867) by Carleton Eugene Watkins; The Angel at the Sepulchre (1869) by Julia Margaret Cameron; Woman Wearing Foxes, Bois de Boulogne (1911) by Jacques-Henri Lartigue; and Corner of the Rue de Seine and the Rue de L’Échaudé (c. 1919) by Eugene Atget.
Portfolio of 12 prints, 10 x 13 inches
12 duotone illustrations
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