Exhibitions/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

Mer Méditerranée - Sète

Artist:
Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884)
Date:
1857
Medium:
Albumen silver print from two glass negatives
Dimensions:
Image: 32.1 x 41.9 cm (12 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.) Mount: 52.7 × 67.3 cm (20 3/4 × 26 1/2 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Robert Rosenkranz Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.48
Not on view
The dramatic effects of sunlight, clouds, and water in Gustave Le Gray's Mediterranean and Channel coast seascapes stunned his contemporaries and immediately brought him international recognition. At a time when photographic emulsions were not equally sensitive to all colors of the spectrum, most photographers found it impossible to achieve proper exposure of both landscape and sky in a single picture; often the mottled sky of a negative was painted over, yielding a blank white field instead of light and atmosphere.
In many of his most theatrical seascapes, Le Gray printed two negatives on a single sheet of paper--one exposed for the sea, the other for the sky, sometimes made on separate occasions or at different locations. Although the relationship of sunlight to reflection in this example was carefully considered and the two negatives skillfully printed, one can still see the joining of the two negatives at the horizon. Le Gray's marine pictures caused a sensation not only because their simultaneous depiction of sea and heavens represented a technical tour de force, but because the resulting poetic effect was without precedent in photography.
Inscription: Stamped signature in red ink on print, recto BR: "Gustave Le Gray"; paper label with printed text affixed to mount, recto BR: "MER MEDITERRANEE_CETTE // N°18."; inscribed in ink on mount, recto BL: "7136"; oval blindstamp on mount below image, recto C: "PHOTOGRAPHIE // GUSTAVE LE GRAY & C. // PARIS"
Gustave Le Gray; [...]; [Robert Koch Gallery]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, February 23, 1984

Related Objects

Tree Study, Forest of Fontainebleau

Artist: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884) Date: ca. 1856 Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative Accession: 1987.1011 On view in:Not on view

Portail milieu d'Aubeterre

Artist: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884) Date: 1851 Medium: Salted paper print from paper negative Accession: 1991.1058 On view in:Not on view

Mediterranean with Mount Agde

Artist: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884) Date: 1857 Medium: Albumen silver print from two glass negatives Accession: 1996.99.1 On view in:Not on view

[Man Holding Top Hat]

Artist: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884) Date: 1860s Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative Accession: 63.661.4 On view in:Not on view

Hotel de Cluny, Paris

Artist: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884) Date: ca. 1851 Medium: Salted paper print from paper negative Accession: 1996.293 On view in:Not on view