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Entrée du Robinet

Artist:
Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)
Date:
ca. 1861
Medium:
Albumen silver print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 33.3 x 43.2 cm (13 1/8 x 17 in.) Mount: 46 x 60.5 cm (18 1/8 x 23 13/16 in.) Mat: 62.9 x 72.4 cm (24 3/4 x 28 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.364.20
Not on view
In July 1861 the board of directors for the southern region of the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée Railroad commissioned Baldus to produce an album of views of the rail constructions and principal sites served by the line between Lyons, Marseilles, and Toulon. This line, especially the section linking Lyons and Avignon, followed trade routes established in antiquity alongside the Rhône, the most powerful river in France, whose strong current made navigation always difficult and perilous, and at times impossible.
Perched on the very edge of the roadbed, Baldus photographed the track and the telegraph lines that ran parallel to it as they skirted along the east bank of the river at the Donzère Pass, the northern entrance to Provence. The ease with which the smooth rails recede into the distance and curve gently around the rugged cliff wall is an apt pictorial expression of the mastery of modern engineering over time and space.
The photograph appears in the album "Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée."
Inscription: Printed in ink on mount, recto BL below image: "ENTRÉE DU ROBINET."; fascimile signature stamped in ink on mount, recto BR below image: "E. Baldus"
Édouard Baldus; [...]; Claudine Van der Vliet; [Galerie Texbraun; Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, June 13, 1985

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Landscapes by French Artists, 1780-1880," November 17, 1987–February 14, 1988.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," May 25, 1993–July 4, 1993.

Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," August 7, 1993–October 2, 1993.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," June 19, 1994–September 11, 1994.

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.

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. "Masterpieces of Photography from the Gilman Paper Company Collection," February 26, 1999–May 23, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 47," September 20, 2007–January 6, 2008.

Hambourg, Maria Morris, Pierre Apraxine, Malcolm Daniel, Virginia Heckert, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. The Waking Dream: Photography's First Century, Selections from the Gilman Paper Company Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1993. p. 293.

Daniel, Malcolm. The Photographs of Edouard Baldus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 78.



This photograph, which depicts the narrow pass that constitutes the northern entrance to Provence, was taken along the same stretch of track shown at the bottom of the previous image. A tissue mask on the negative has been used to lighten the dark grassy area at the right side. [MD]
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