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Pont en Royans

Artist:
Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)
Date:
ca. 1859
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
Image: 43.2 x 33.9 cm. (17 x 13 3/6 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Louis V. Bell Fund, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.5003
Not on view
The cliff-bound town of Pont-en-Royans-where residents lowered buckets and nets into the river from their cantilevered houses-was a well-known destination for those visiting the picturesque sites of France. Baldus pushed the town to the very top of his picture and banished the horizon altogether, focusing on the rough rock surfaces of the ravine with a realism rivaled only by Courbet.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, LR: "Pont en Royans (Isère)"
Private collection, Burgundy; Léon Hirschtritt, Paris, 1991; Robert Hershkowitz, London, 1991.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Edouard Baldus," October 3, 1994–December 31, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Photographs of Édouard Baldus," October 3, 1994–December 31, 1994.

Montreal. Canadian Centre for Architecture. "Edouard Baldus," January 24, 1995–April 23, 1995.

Canadian Centre for Architecture. "The Photographs of Édouard Baldus," January 24, 1995–April 23, 1995.

Musée National des Monuments Français. "The Photographs of Édouard Baldus," May 13, 1995–August 11, 1995.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.

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

See acquisition papers in object file for full discussion. Another print of this image, in poor condition, exists in the Musée d'Orsay.
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