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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.

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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