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Charles Marville (1813 - 1879)

Lot 29: CHARLES MARVILLE, 1816-CIRCA 1879 ÉDICULES ET ÉCLAIRAGES. EIGHTY-FIVE STUDIES, CIRCA 1874

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May 17, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

Albumen Prints, mounted on card, each with photographic paper label bearing facsimile manuscript caption and with photographer's 'Ch Marville/Photographe/Du Musee Imperiale/Du Louvre' blindstamp on the mount below image, a small number with one of two collection stamps either on the mount or on the reverse, the mounts annotated in pencil in a modern hand with plate nos. lower right, together with a modern cloth portfolio with original leather label inscribed in gilt 'Charles/Marville/Édicules/et/Éclairages',

Quantity: 85

PROVENANCE

Collection Debuisson.
LITERATURE AND REFERENCES

For other prints of plates in this series, see de Thézy 1994, pp. 209-245; another print of the illustrated image reproduced p. 231.
CATALOGUE NOTE

This remarkable body of work is little known. A record of Parisian lampposts, the studies, with their empty streets and mainly frontal presentation, anthropomophise their subjects: some of the studies present as if portraits of attenuated Parisian citizens. This proto-surreal effect, later recognised by the Surrealists in Atget's studies of Paris, is a function of the tension between the banality of the subject matter and the beauty of these large-format albumen prints.

Dimensions

370 by 270mm (maximum dimensions)

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