Exhibitions/ Art Object

Boats at Low Tide, Boulogne

Artist:
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 .
Not on view
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Earl A. Powell III, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Gary Tinterow, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 5, pp. 11, 207.