[The Ponds at Optevoz, Rhône]

Object Details

Title:

[The Ponds at Optevoz, Rhône]

Artist/Maker(s):

André Giroux (French, 1801 - 1879)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1855

Medium:

Salted paper print from a paper negative

Dimensions:

26.7 x 33.5 cm (10 1/2 x 13 3/16 in.)

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This softly rendered view of marshy ponds by André Giroux owes much of its character to Giroux's training as a painter. Seeking to obliterate any evidence of photography's mechanical nature, he achieved the photograph's softened edges and atmospheric haziness by drawing and scratching on the negative. This technique is a variation of cliché-verre (literally, "glass negative"), a method of painting onto a transparent support and using it to print a positive image. Instead of starting with a blank piece of glass, Giroux worked directly on the photographic negative. He created a Romantic, idyllic landscape in the tradition of the Barbizon school of landscape painting.

Exhibitions
Experimental Photography: The First Golden Age 1851 - 1889 (April 11 to June 25, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 11 to June 25, 1989
Silvy's River Scene, France: The Story of a Photograph (December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993
Fame and Photography (March 9 to May 23, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), March 9 to May 23, 1993
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998
Gustave Courbet (October 8, 2007 to September 28, 2008) (105)
  • Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, (Paris), October 8, 2007 to January 28, 2008
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009) (105)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009