Street in Saint Pierre, Martinique

Object Details

Title:

Street in Saint Pierre, Martinique

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown maker, French

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1848

Medium:

Daguerreotype

Dimensions:

11.1 x 15.2 cm (4 3/8 x 6 in.)

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The rows of buildings on either side of the narrow road culminate in the building in the far distance, making it appear the central part of a stage set. Its classical architecture, capped by a triangular pediment, contrasts with the vernacular informality of the numerous clapboard and shingle structures. Along with its visually central location, its classical style may indicate that it served as some kind of civic building. The bright West Indian sunlight defines textures of wood, pavement, and distant palm, while the deep shadows and blurred, almost ghostlike figures standing just off the road add a lingering drama. This image displays great detail: even the cracks in the pavement are visible.

Exhibitions
The Art of the Daguerreotype (April 14 to July 12, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to July 12, 1998
French Daguerreotype (May 12, 2003 to January 4, 2004)
  • Musée d'Orsay, (Paris), May 12 to August 17, 2003
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), September 22, 2003 to January 4, 2004
Bibliography

Lowry, Bates, and Isabael Barrett Lowry. The Silver Canvas : Daguerreotype Masterpieces from the J. Paul Getty Museum, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998) p. 39, pl. 4.