LE GRAY (GUSTAVE) Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau, 1849-1852
Lot 225
LE GRAY (GUSTAVE)
Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau, 1849-1852
Sold for £42,500 (US$ 72,365) inc. premium
Lot Details
LE GRAY (GUSTAVE)
Bas-Bréau, Forest of Fontainebleau, lightly albumenized print from waxed-paper negative, mounted, photographer's red facsimile signature stamp at lower right corner, 250 x 375mm., 1849-1852

Footnotes

  • The Forest of Fontainebleau was a frequent subject for Le Gray, as it was also for artists such as Corot, Rousseau, and later Monet. The landscape provided a technical challenge; in the book he published in 1851, Le Gray explained that "vegetation and green objects in general require a much longer time," as much as twenty minutes' exposure. "The textures in the images, especially in Le Gray's earlier studies... seem to emulate charcoal drawings or lithographs; and it is not surprising that, when Le Gray submitted some of his early 'landscapes' to the official Salon of 1850, they were not even recognized as photographs but hung instead with the lithographs" (Janis, The Photography of Gustave Le Gray, 1987).

    Le Gray returned to the Forest in around 1855 with a slightly larger camera with which he exposed collodion glass negatives. The present image, however, is from his earlier excursions, and is a study in chiaroscuro. The viewer's eye is drawn irresistibly to the sun-lit clearing at the centre of the image, which is punctuated by a dramatic tree-trunk.

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  • Following a minor delay, Bonhams expects to receive necessary transport documents for this lot within a week. The buyer will not be required to pay until we have all documents in hand.
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