Musée d'Orsay: Landscapes and Nature

Landscapes and Nature

Giacomo Caneva (attributed to)
 Pins de Castelfusano dit aussi Jardin de la Villa Doria Pamphili à Rome [Pines at Castelfusano also called Garden of the Villa Doria Pamphili in Rome]
 Circa 1851
 Albumen print from a gelatine silver-bromide glass negative
 Paris, Musée d'Orsay, gift of Marie-Thérèse and André Jammes, 1984
Giacomo Caneva (attributed to)Pines at Castelfusano© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé LewandowskiRMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
In the nineteenth century, representing nature by the means of photography was not a simple task, as different exposure times were necessary to render the sky and the earth. Yet the "primitives" made successful use of the constraints imposed by the technique and their achievements transformed the way we perceive landscapes. The impressionist painters in particular, born at the same time as the medium, were the inheritors of photographic vision. The study of nature by different photographers leads naturally to different directions, of which this exhibition offers an anthology.


Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay, assisted by Saskia Ooms


Exhibition catalogue
Landscape and Nature
Heilbrun Françoise
5 continents / Musée d'Orsay
€ 10

16 March - 6 June 2004
Musée d'Orsay

Permanent gallery of photography ground floor, on the side of the Rue de Lille

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