The J. Paul Getty Museum

Louiseville, Quebec

Object Details

Title:

Louiseville, Quebec

Artist/Maker:

Paul Strand (American, 1890 - 1976)

Culture:

American

Place:

Louiseville (Maskinongé), Québec, Canada (Place Created)

Date:

1936

Medium:

Varnished platinum print

Object Number:

86.XM.683.4

Dimensions:

24.3 × 19.2 cm (9 9/16 × 7 9/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Aperture Foundation

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Object Description

During the 1930s, Paul Strand embarked on an intense period of filmmaking. This image of a barn in southern Quebec is one example of the way in which his still photographs from the period reflect his work in motion pictures.

A weathered fence stands immediately in the foreground, and in the distance, a white barn sits on the horizon. The darkened walls of nearby structures draw the eye toward the open space in the background, providing an almost telescopic effect. The deliberate juxtaposition of the foreground and background views shows the influence of cinema with its potential for interplay between near and far.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Experimental Photography: The New Subjectivity (December 19, 1989 to March 4, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 19, 1989 to March 4, 1990
Three Roads Taken: The Photographs of Paul Strand (May 10, 2005 to June 10, 2006)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005
  • Musée d'Art Américain (Giverny), April 1 to June 10, 2006