Landscape, Switzerland

A work made of albumen print triptych.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of albumen print triptych.

Date:

c. 1860

Artist:

Adolphe Braun
French, 1811–1877

About this artwork

Adolphe Braun pursued several paths to commercial success. A skilled draftsman, Braun nevertheless employed photography as a design aid in his wallpaper and fabric business in the 1850s, making photographic still-lifes of floral arrangements that were admired in his day. He then turned his attention to landscapes, and over the course of the 1860s produced large-scale commercial views as well as thousands of stereographs focusing on fashionable tourist destinations in Germany and Switzerland. (One observer claimed in 1866 that it was virtually impossible to take a step in Switzerland without stumbling upon a shop selling Braun's prints and stereo views.) It is unknown, however, whether this three-part triptych—including two figures repeated in each frame—was intended for tourist consumption. Braun in any case conveys here an Alpine pastorale, replete with a serpentine fence, grassy meadow, and snow-capped peaks.

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Photography

Artist

Adolphe Braun

Title

Landscape, Switzerland

Origin

France

Date

1855–1865

Medium

Albumen print triptych

Inscriptions

Pencil inscription on verso of left and center

Dimensions

23.7 × 30.1 cm (left image); 24.6 × 30.0 cm (center image); 24.5 × 29.8 cm (right image); 12 × 14 in. (each support ,appro×.)

Credit Line

Photography Associates Fund

Reference Number

1999.247.1-3

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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