Tutucanula - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite

Object Details

Title:

Tutucanula - El Capitan 3600 ft. Yo Semite

Artist/Maker(s):

Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 - 1916)

Culture:

American

Date:

1861

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

40.6 x 51.3 cm (16 x 20 3/16 in.)

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While the monumental facade of El Capitan looms in the background, a thin decaying trunk in the foreground demands the viewer's attention. In nature, where changes can occur in seconds or centuries, Carleton Watkins found the perfect subjects to convey a theme of transience versus permanence. The same decaying tree appears in this image and its pendant, River View--Down the Valley, which was taken in the same location with the camera directed about thirty degrees to the east.

Exhibitions
Carleton Watkins: From Where the View Looked Best (February 15 to June 4, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), February 15 to June 4, 2000
Bibliography

Naef, Weston J. and James N. Wood. Era of Exploration: The Rise of Landscape Photography in the American West, 1860-1885, with an essay by Therese Thau Heyman (Buffalo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Boston: distributed by New York Graphic Society, 1975) pl. 2.