Sèvres, The Seine at Meudon

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Sèvres, The Seine at Meudon


Henri-Victor Regnault (French, 1810 - 1878)
Alphonse-Louis Poitevin (French, 1819 - 1882)




France (Place depicted)


negative about 1853; print 1855 - 1860


Carbon print


31.1 × 42.7 cm (12 1/4 × 16 13/16 in.)

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The river Seine is a polished mirror: not a ripple or wave disturbs the glassy surface of the water. Though they are the only contemporary clues in an otherwise timeless setting, the boats moored at the center do not seem like vessels of travel at all as they jut out from the banks like low-lying docks. Everything is quiet in this scene. Although the sun dances in shadows across the path, gently kissing with light the building simply labeled Dupre, not a single passer-by strolls along. Seemingly no one is awake except the photographer, quietly recording the landscape and town at rest.

Silvy's River Scene, France: The Story of a Photograph (December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), December 15, 1992 to February 28, 1993
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet (October 19, 2013 to July 14, 2014) (52)
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), October 19, 2013 to February 9, 2014
  • Saint Louis Art Museum (Saint Louis), March 16 to July 14, 2014
Real / Ideal: Photography in France, 1847-1860 (August 30 to November 27, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), August 30 to November 27, 2016

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 7th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007), p. 296, ill.