Rue des Bourdonnais de la rue de Rivoli

Object Details

Title:

Rue des Bourdonnais de la rue de Rivoli

Artist/Maker(s):

Charles Marville (French, 1813 - 1879)

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

1865

Medium:

Albumen silver print

Dimensions:

31.1 x 27 cm (12 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)

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This atmospheric view of a wide Paris street, taken shortly after a rainfall, is one of four hundred such images created by Charles Marville in 1865. At that time, Napoléon III's architect and city planner, Baron Haussmann, was planning a broad program of civic improvements in Paris that would extensively alter the layout of the city's boulevards and streets. Before demolition began, city officials commissioned Marville to create photographic records of the existing avenues. New roads cut through ancient neighborhoods, while streets such as the rue de Bourdonnais were realigned and widened.

Exhibitions
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.)