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  • Provenance

    Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York, 1993

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1855, Édouard Baldus was hired to make photographs of the construction of the “new” Louvre, the vast architectural undertaking that was the largest project of France’s Second Empire. While the majority of these photographs were small in format, it is the large-format views, such as that offered here and in Lot 103, that “expanded the boundaries of [Baldus’s] artistic achievement,” according to Baldus authority Malcolm Daniel. Daniel writes, “These large format photographs of the Louvre, beyond admirably fulfilling their documentary function, are among Baldus’s most carefully crafted and clearly articulated demonstrations of photography’s unparalleled capacity to represent architecture. They fully exploit the medium’s ability to render the spatial play of light and volume and to accurately record the most intricate details . . . Their extreme clarity, surprising in Baldus’s day, still impresses us today” (The Photographs of Édouard Baldus, p. 58).


Pavillon Turgot (1er Etat), Nouveau Louvre, Paris

Salt print or lightly albumenized salt print.
17 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. (44.1 x 31.8 cm)
Signed, numbered '48' in the negative; titled in ink and blue signature stamp on the mount.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $7,500

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