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Nouvel Opéra, Modèles de Sculpture

Artist:
Louis-Emile Durandelle (French, 1839–1917)
Artist:
Charles Marville (French, Paris 1813–1879 Paris)
Date:
1860s–early 1870s
Medium:
Albumen silver prints
Classification:
Albums
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.377.2 (1-84)
Not on view
During construction of the sumptuous Beaux-Arts Paris Opéra, designed by Charles Garnier, Durandelle made hundreds of photographs of details of the elaborately carved and painted decorations and of the edifice overall. Most revolutionary for their time, however, and most striking to modern eyes are his photographs of the building's structural skeleton and of the construction site's mammoth network of scaffolding. Such images reveal the dual nature of the Paris Opéra-below the traditional, if ornate, masonry there lies a modern industrial armature of iron.
Signature: Many numbered in the negative
Dalmaet & Durandelle blindstamp on all mounts in Album A and all Durandelle mounts in Album B: "Delmaet & Durandelle / 22, B'des Filles du Calvaire / Portraits & Reproductions"
A few with Geo. B. Post & Sons blindstamp on the mounts: "GEO: B- Post & Sons"
blindstamp on the mount of the Charles Marville photograph: "CH MARVILLE / Photographe / du Musée Imperial / du Louvre"
George Browne Post Collection, by descent; Marc Dessauce, New York; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, November 28, 1996

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

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