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Entrance to the Donzère Pass
Édouard Baldus (French, born Germany, 1813 - 1889)
France (Place Created)
Donzère, France (Place Depicted)
Albumen silver print from a glass negative
33.5 × 42.4 cm (13 3/16 × 16 11/16 in.)
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.
Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
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
Real / Ideal: Photography in France, 1847-1860 (August 30 to November 27, 2016)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 30 to November 27, 2016
Lyden, Anne M. Railroad Vision, exh. brochure (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002), cover ill.
Hellman, Karen, ed. Real/Ideal: Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016), pl. 136.