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[Rue de Constantine]

Artist:
Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1865
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
27.3 x 36.8 cm (10 3/4 x 14 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.1141
Not on view
Trained as a painter and an illustrator, Marville began photographing in 1851, and in 1862 he was named "photographer of the city of Paris." In the service of Napoleon III, he photographed Baron Haussmann's vast program of demolition and construction in Paris. Although he also photographed the modern city that replaced old Paris, he is best known for his documents of the picturesque and insalubrious districts slated for destruction. Marville's photograph of the rue de Constantine shows an expectant moment prior to demolition on the Île de la Cité.
Charles Isaacs

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 37".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 2," May 4, 1993–October 3, 1993.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 12," March 11, 1996–June 3, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Framing a Century: Master Photographers, 1840–1940," June 3, 2008–September 1, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Napoleon III and Paris," June 9–September 7, 2009.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," September 29, 2013–January 5, 2014.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris," January 27, 2014–May 4, 2014.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," June 13, 2014–September 14, 2014.

Kennel, Sarah. Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. Washington, D.C.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013. no. 56, pp. 99. 188-189.



Another print of this image, less well preserved, exists in the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris.
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