photography and the french landscape 1850-1870

Paths to Impressionism presents a range of media – with photography to the fore – to discover how mid-19e Centuries-old French photographers anticipated the impressionism of the last quarter of the century.

Central to the exhibition is the motif of the tree and the show focuses on paths, roads, railway bridges and rivers. Using these motifs, the exhibition explores the ways in which industrialization and modernization increased mobility and transformed the French landscape.

The exhibition focuses on some of the most important French photographers of the 19th century and places at its center the paintings, drawings and photographs of one of the most fascinating figures, the painter and photographer André Giroux.

Through the work of Giroux and his contemporaries, the exhibition explores the dialogue between the different media and shows the way photography, shaped by painting, forged its own landscape aesthetic.

The exhibition features rare salt prints and paper and glass negatives by Count Olympe Aguado, Edouard Baldus, Adalbert Cuvelier, Eugène Cuvelier, Alphonse Delaunay, Giraudon’s Artist, André Giroux, Gustave Le Gray, Jean-Jacques Heilmann, Charles Marville, Charles Nègre, Henri- Victor Regnault, Louis-Remy Robert, Ferdinand Tillard.

Paths to Impressionism: Photography and the French Landscape 1850-1870
September 7 – November 18, 2022
James Hyman Gallery
Maddoxstraat 48 & 50
London W1S 1AY

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