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Switzerland. Grindelwald, Upper Glacier, Source of the Lutschine

Switzerland. Grindelwald, Upper Glacier, Source of the Lutschine

1875-1877

Adolphe Braun

(French, 1812-1877)

Carbon print, toned, from wet collodion negative

Image: 38.7 x 48.3 cm (15 1/4 x 19 in.); Framed: 59.1 x 74.3 cm (23 1/4 x 29 1/4 in.); Paper: 40 x 50.7 cm (15 3/4 x 19 15/16 in.); Matted: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.)

The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1992.237

Description

Braun's photographs often bore a stylistic resemblance to realist painting in France. Photography was an important factor in the evolution of realism, a style that was then gaining popularity. With its forthright depiction of natural forces, this photograph of a river springing from a glacier clearly recalls landscape paintings by Gustave Courbet (1819–1877). Courbet's numerous river scenes were contemporary with Braun's work and were part of the aesthetic context of the time.

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