CHARLES NèGRE: SAINTE-TROPHIME D’ARLES, salt print 1853
A large salt print from a waxed paper negative by Charles Nègre (1820-1880) of St. Trophime in Arles with "Two Evangelists and the Damned".
For this founding member of the Société Française de Photographie (SFP) "the 'Midi de la France' pictures surpass all previous renditions of place and local color for 19th century armchair travelers'. To quote André Jammes (Hans P. Kraus Jr., Sun Pictures 22) After he started in 1852, the 'Midi project' is only partially completed in 1854 because the printing firm Fonteny stopped its activities. After this, Nègre found an alternative in his experiments with photogravure.
Print mounted on original cardboard. Signed, dated and located in the negative "C. Nègre Arles 1853", lower right corner. Artist’s blind stamp on mount.
The salt print is in overall good condition. Some dark sport from the original retouching (see lest picture above blind stamp) Normal discoloration due to it's age.
A nice and early example of the work by this French photographic pioneer.
33 x 22,5 cm
Karen Hellman: Real / Ideal, Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France, Getty Publications 2016 (p. 102, variation of this print)
A same, unmounted salt print from the André Jammes collection was auctioned at Pierre Bergé in 2015.