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The Photographs of Édouard Baldus,by Malcolm Daniel

The Photographs of Édouard Baldus

Malcolm Daniel

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Published in conjunction with the exhibition The Photographs of Édouard Baldus: Landscapes and Monuments of France, by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With an essay by Barry Bergdoll
Édouard Baldus (ca. 1813–ca. 1882), a central figure in the early development of French photography and acknowledged in his day as a pioneer in the still experimental field, was widely acclaimed both for his aesthetic sensitivity and for his technical prowess. Establishing a new mode of representing architecture and describing the emerging modern landscape with magnificent authority, he enjoyed high patronage in the 1850s and 1860s. This book, the first to chronicle the life and career of this important artist, brings his work once more before the public. Baldus made his reputation with views of the monuments of Paris and the south of France, with dramatic landscape of the Auvergne, with photographs of the New Louvre, and with a poignant record of the devastating floods of 1856. But it is his two railroad albums – the first commissioned in 1855 by Baron James de Rothschild for presentation to Queen Victoria, the second in 1861 by the Paris-Lyon-Méditerranée railroad company – that are his greatest achievement. Here he brought together his earlier architectural and scenic images with bold geometric views of the modern landscape – railroad tracks, stations, bridges, viaducts, and tunnels – to address the influence of technology (both the railroad and the camera being prime examples). In so doing, Baldus anticipated the concerns of Impressionist painters a decade later and those of many artists of our own day, meeting his task with a clarity and directness not since surpassed.
Titel The Photographs of Édouard Baldus
Author Malcolm Daniel
Signed No
ISBN 9780300086768
Language English
Dimensions (cm hxb) 25 x 29,5
Book condition Fine
Cover condition Fine
Condition description Light rubbing to dust jacket, top right corner has a small bump. Inside light toning to page edges.
Binding Hardcover including dustjacket
Edition First edition
Pages 294
Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art / Canadian Centre for Architecture
Publishing date 1994
Publishing place New York / Montreal
Number published No
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