Pont en Royans

Edouard Baldus French, born Prussia

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The cliff-bound town of Pont-en-Royans-where residents lowered buckets and nets into the river from their cantilevered houses-was a well-known destination for those visiting the picturesque sites of France. Baldus pushed the town to the very top of his picture and banished the horizon altogether, focusing on the rough rock surfaces of the ravine with a realism rivaled only by Courbet.

Pont en Royans, Edouard Baldus (French (born Prussia), 1813–1889), Salted paper print from paper negative

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