Untitled

A work made of waxed paper negative.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

Image actions

  • A work made of waxed paper negative.

Date:

1854

Artist:

Édouard Baldus
French, born Germany, 1813–1889

About this artwork

Initially trained as a painter, Édouard-Denis Baldus turned to photography in the late 1840s and quickly gained recognition. In 1851 the French government selected him as one of five photographers to document the nation’s architectural heritage, a survey known as the Missions Héliographiques. The images Baldus produced for the project exhibited such technical prowess that he won support for another project, Les villes de France photographiées, designed to revive interest in the nation’s Roman and medieval history. During the summer of 1854, Baldus traveled in the Auvergne region of central France, making pictures that emphasize the drama of the natural landscape, such as this river scene. Although the large-format waxed paper negatives he employed were never intended to be exhibited, they remain compelling objects that offer up a startling range of tones.

Currently Off View

Photography

Artist

Edouard Denis Baldus

Title

Untitled

Origin

France

Date

1854

Medium

Waxed paper negative

Dimensions

34 × 44.5 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2006.312

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 .

Share

Sign up for our enewsletter to receive updates.

Learn more

Image actions

Share