Eugène Cuvelier - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    David and Constance Yates, New York, 1994

  • Exhibited

    Eugène Cuvelier, Photographer in the Circle of Corot, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 8 October 1996 - 12 January 1997

  • Literature

    Gauss, Eugène Cuvelier, no. 332
    Melikian, 'Delayed Double Exposure, 2 Early Photographers Steal the Limelight at the Met,' International Tribune, 26-27 October 1997, p. 12
    Glueck, 'Capturing Fontainebleau Forest's Myriad Moods,' New York Times, 29 November 1996

  • Catalogue Essay

    Eugène Cuvelier was arguably the most sophisticated of the early photographers working within the forest of Fontainebleau, the famed outdoor studio for painters of the Barbizon School, many of whom were his friends. Camille Corot and Théodore Rousseau served as official witnesses at his wedding, and Jean-François Millet praised his 'very fine photographs' in a letter to Rousseau. Cuvelier’s work is typified by a combination of sensitivity and objectivity that makes him a forerunner of Harry Callahan, Robert Adams, and Lewis Baltz, among other 20th century photographers.

    Ulrike Gauss, compiler of the catalogue raisonné on Cuvelier’s work, locates only one other print of this image.


Belle-Croix, Forest of Fontainebleau

circa 1861
Albumen print from a paper negative.
10 x 13 1/2 in. (25.4 x 34.3 cm)
Numbered '332' in the negative and titled in an unidentified hand in ink on the mount.

$7,000 - 9,000 

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New York Auction 7 October 2021