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Boats at Low Tide, Boulogne

Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)

Date:
1855
Medium:
Salted paper print from paper negative
Dimensions:
Image: 30 x 40.2 cm (11 13/16 x 15 13/16 in.) Frame: 65.4 x 80.6 cm (25 3/4 x 31 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Private Collection, courtesy of Ezra Mack, New York .
  • Description

    To fill the featureless white skies over landscapes, some early photographers painted fluffy clouds directly onto their negatives, as Baldus did in this view of boats in the French port of Boulogne. The artificial cloudscape blends seamlessly with the soft-edged harbor scene, resulting in a hybrid visual creation that borrows from the picturesque tradition of painted seascapes.

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