Près de la Caverne, Terrain Brûlé

Eugène Cuvelier (French, 1837–1900)
early 1860s
Salted paper print from paper negative
26 x 19.8 cm (10 1/4 x 7 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Herbert and Nannette Rothschild Memorial Fund Gift, in memory of Judith Rothschild, 1996
Accession Number:
Not on view
An atypical work for the naturalistically inclined Cuvelier, this highly Romantic image of two people sitting below the skeletons of burned pine trees and looking into the featureless distance like the contemplative figures in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, was no doubt a response to the startling sight of the charred landscape.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on mount, BRC: "Près de la Caverne, Terrain Brûlé"
John Chandler Bancroft, Middletown, Rhode Island, 1860s; (sold, Gustave J. S. White Co., Auctioneers, Newport, Rhode Island, March 28, 1989, to a New England antiques dealer); Mack Lee and William Schaeffer, 1989; private collector; sold or consigned to Lee and Schaeffer in 1996.

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