Place de l'Arc de Triomphe / [Place de l'Etoile, Paris]

Object Details

Title:

Place de l'Arc de Triomphe / [Place de l'Etoile, Paris]

Artist/Maker(s):

Charles Marville (French, 1813 - 1879)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1877

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

22.7 x 36.8 cm (8 15/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

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Although Charles Marville began his photography career concentrating on religious sites and architecture, his attention soon turned to civic subjects, such as this monumental public space extending out from the Arc de Triomphe. When creating this image, Marville's intent was not to simply document a specific place or structure, but to illustrate the national glorification of France. On the left side of the image, relief sculptures looking over the vast space around the arch celebrate Napoléon Bonaparte's victorious military campaigns.

Exhibitions
The Flowering of Early French Photography, 1840-1870 (April 28 to June 28, 1987)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 28 to June 28, 1987, (Cat.)
The Flowering of Early French Photography: Selections from the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (December 20, 1988 to May 7, 1989)
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, (Baltimore), December 20, 1988 to February 12, 1989, (Cat.)
  • Toledo Museum of Art, (Toledo), March 11 to May 7, 1989, (Cat.)
The Man in the Street: Eugène Atget in Paris (June 20 to October 8, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 20 to October 8, 2000, (Cat.)
Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet (October 19, 2013 to July 14, 2014)
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, (Kansas City), October 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014, (Cat. 12)
  • Saint Louis Art Museum, (Saint Louis), March 16 to July 14, 2014, (Cat. 12)