Exhibitions/ Art Object

View of the Square in Melting Snow

Artist:
Louis-Pierre-Théophile Dubois de Nehaut (French, active Belgium, 1799–1872)
Date:
1854–56
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
Image: 18 x 22.2 cm (7 1/16 x 8 3/4 in. ) Sheet: 13 3/8 × 18 1/8 in. (34 × 46 cm)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.372.17
Not on view
This view was taken in Brussels, from the balcony of No. 7, Place de Cologne, the residence of the photographer. It is one of several images Dubois de Nehaut made of the square from that vantage point, at various times of the year. The tracks made by carriages and people on the melting snow have created a dynamic design of such compelling geometry that the photographer deemed it a worthy subject for a picture--an eccentric notion for the time.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on album page, recto BC: "Vue de la place au dégel"; blindstamped paper affixed to BR corner of print recto: "DN"
[Tristan Schwilden]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, June 2, 1989

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.

Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. "Constructed Views: Photography and Architecture," November 19, 1998–November 23, 1998.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 49," August 26, 2008–January 4, 2009.

Schwilden, Tristan. Le Chevalier L.P.T. Dubois de Nehaut, 1799–1872: Sa Vie et Son Oeuvre. Belgium: Crédit Communal de Belgique, 1987. no. I. 17, p. 81.

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. 290.



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