Feb 27, 2008

Church at Auvers

Church at Auvers


Édouard Baldus

(French, 1813–1889)

Salted paper print from waxed paper negative

Image: 33.4 x 43.7 cm (13 1/8 x 17 3/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 66 cm (22 x 26 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1992.120



Baldus’s prodigious and compelling documentation of French historic buildings earned him recognition as one of the first great French architectural photographers. This image of Notre-Dame at Auvers-sur-Oise, north of Paris, is from a sequence of 50 views of the railroad stations and principal sites along the route between Boulogne-sur-Mer and Paris. This Gothic-style village church was once a chapel for a manor house that has since disappeared. Almost 35 years after Baldus’s composition, and only a short time before his own suicide, Vincent van Gogh painted a large, bold canvas of the church’s apse and bell tower.

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