Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
Le Gray was the central figure in French photography of the 1850s—an artist of the first order, a teacher, and the author of several widely distributed instructional manuals. Born in the outskirts of Paris the only child of a haberdasher, Le Gray studied painting in the studio of Paul Delaroche and made his first daguerreotypes by 1847. His real contributions, however, came in the realm of paper photography. Le Gray produced some of his most popular and memorable works in 1856, 1857, and 1858, including views of Fontainebleau Forest, a series of dramatic seascapes, and Paris itself.
Inscription: inscribed in ink on mount, recto, from BL: "Photo prise vers 1857. Le pavillion de Flore n'a pas encore ete reconstruit par Le Fuel 1863-1868. Le pont Solferino n'est pas encore construit (1858-1859)"; Inscribed in ink on print, verso, from TL: "Collection M. Retter - Le Palais de l'Industrie est construit (1855); Le Pont Solférino ne l'est pas (1858-1859) mais on aperçoit des pilotis; Remarquer le niveau très bas de la Seine; Au Palais de l'Institut, les premières arcades sont ouvertes et forment passages; Le Pavillon de Flore et de la Galerie au bord de l'eau n'ont pas encore été reconstruits part le Fuel 1863-1868; Il n'y a qu'un etroit guichet en face le pont des St. Pères.";
Gustave Le Gray; [...]; M. Retter; Georges Sirot; [François Braunschweig, Paris]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, November 13, 1978
Daniel Wolf Gallery. "Gustave Le Gray," September 4, 1979–September 29, 1979.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Photography of Gustave Le Gray," June 4, 1987–August 16, 1987.
Art Institute of Chicago. "The Photography of Gustave Le Gray," September 18, 1987–December 6, 1987.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France. "Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884," March 15, 2002–June 15, 2002.
J. Paul Getty Museum. "Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884," July 9, 2002–September 29, 2002.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Napoleon III and Paris," June 9–September 7, 2009.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s – 1930s," January 27, 2014–May 4, 2014.
Apraxine, Pierre. Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company. Reeds Springs, Mo.: White Oak Press, 1985. pl. 30.
Parry Janis, Eugenia. The Photography of Gustave Le Gray. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago, 1987. p. 20.