Entrance to the Donzère Pass

Object Details

Title:

Entrance to the Donzère Pass

Artist/Maker(s):

Édouard Baldus (French, born Germany, 1813 - 1889)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

France (Place created)

Donzère, France (Place depicted)

Date:

about 1861

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

33.5 x 42.4 cm (13 3/16 x 16 11/16 in.)

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Baldus structured this composition around the perspective lines of the landscape's railway tracks, embankment, and lakeside path, which converge at the center. Human command over the natural world is underscored not only in the photograph's strong geometrical organization but also in its subject. Railways and steam-powered locomotives, a major technological development of the 1800s, transformed life and perceptions of distance by dramatically changing the ease and speed with which one could traverse the countryside.

Related Works
Exhibitions
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009