Apr 13, 2022
Apr 13, 2022

View of Ste-Adrese Beach with the Dumont Baths

View of Ste-Adrese Beach with the Dumont Baths


Gustave Le Gray

(French, 1820–1884)

Albumen print from collodion negative

Image: 30.8 x 39.1 cm (12 1/8 x 15 3/8 in.); Paper: 30.8 x 39.1 cm (12 1/8 x 15 3/8 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2022.35


Did you know?

Claude Monet painted this same beach, but his works avoid precisely what Gustave Le Gray’s camera reveals.


One of the pioneering masters of French landscape photography, Gustave Le Gray shows us the bathing establishments and tourist hotels that dominated the waterfront of this town on the coast of Normandy. Monet focused instead on the more picturesque and timeless beach and fishing boats. Le Gray’s image is distinctly rooted in the present—that is, the present of 1856—in a way that seems shockingly modern.

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