Mar 29, 2007

Untitled (Scene of Fontainbleau)

Untitled (Scene of Fontainbleau)

c. 1853

André Giroux

(French, 1801-1879)

Salted paper print from waxed paper negative

Image: 21.3 x 27.5 cm (8 3/8 x 10 13/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1996.9



Trained as a painter, Giroux was an active amateur photographer during the 1850s. His father manufactured equipment for Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, the inventor of the first photographic process, the daguerreotype. In this early example of his appealing landscape work, Giroux focused on a scene in the Forest of Fontainbleau, a favorite locale for 19th-century French artists. Inspired by the compositions of paintings and lithographs, he carefully framed an engaging, asymmetrical arrangement of rocks, trees, and a primitive pathway. This brilliantly lit wooded environment projects a feeling of peace and harmony, order and balance.

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