Nîmes, Tour Magne

Édouard Baldus (French, born Prussia, 1813–1889)
Albumen silver print from paper negative
Image: 42.9 x 33 cm (16 7/8 x 13 in.)
Mount: 60.5 x 46 cm (23 13/16 x 18 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
At the Tour Magne in Nîmes, Baldus filled the frame with the ancient Roman tomb, providing no context beyond the pebble-strewn foreground. The photograph's aesthetic and human interest lie in the contrast between the monument's geometric structure and the irregularity of its ruined silhouette, in the modulation of highlights, middle tones, and deep shadows, in the variety of texture found on the deteriorating masonry, and in the battle between the builder's desire for an imperishable memorial, the modern restorer's efforts to preserve the past, and the vegetation sprouting inexorably from its high walls.
Inscription: Inscribed in negative, recto BL: "Tour Magne a Nimes"; inscribed in negative, recto BC: "No 7"; inscribed in negative, recto BR: "E. Baldus"; printed in ink on mount, recto BL below image: "NIMES. TOUR MAGNE"; fascimile signature stamped in ink on mount, recto BR below image: "E. Baldus"
Édouard Baldus; [...]; Claudine Van der Vliet; [Galerie Texbraun, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, June 13, 1985

Daniel, Malcolm. The Photographs of Edouard Baldus. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994. no. 15.