Apr 8, 2022
Apr 8, 2022

Vue prise du Couvent des Dominicains, Chalais (Isère), France

Vue prise du Couvent des Dominicains, Chalais (Isère), France

c. 1865

Félix Thiollier

(French, 1842-1914)

Albumen print from collodion negative

Image: 13.1 x 20 cm (5 3/16 x 7 7/8 in.); Paper: 13.1 x 20 cm (5 3/16 x 7 7/8 in.); Mounted: 31.7 x 49.1 cm (12 1/2 x 19 5/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2022.36

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Félix Thiollier, a wealthy industrialist, retired at 35 to pursue photography and local history.

Description

Thiollier brought to landscape photography the emotional power and mystery of the Barbizon and naturalist painters whom he collected and befriended. This dramatic view provides a deep vista more commonly found in photographs of the Western United States at the time. Underlying it, however, are a geometric structure of overlapping triangles, curved top border, and atmospheric clouds and mist that relate directly to precedents in painting.

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