Photographer's and Printer's (Durandelle) printed credit on recto of mount. No. 8 printed on mount above photo. A rich print. This must have been a late edition to the portfolio. The poster on the street lamp actually has a May 1876 date for an upcoming program, even though the printed portfolio information indicates it was published in 1875.
Durandelle's portfolios are considered to be the definitive works on the Opera at Paris, 'the most exuberant building of its time' (Dictionary of Art, XII, p. 156).
A relative unknown, Charles Garnier won the competition to build the Opera in 1861 as an expression of the wealth and power of Napoleon III's Second Empire. Construction commenced immediately, employing over 90 painters and sculptors for its lavish decorative program alone, and it was completed--under the Third Republic--in 1875.
The celebrated French architectural photographer Durandelle recorded its construction in 'photographs which are a milestone in the use of the medium for extended architectural documentation. They count among the most splendid examples of 19th-century architectural photography.' (C. Phillips, The Construction of the Paris Opéra, exhibition at ICP, New York, 2001).
Provenance: Galerie Texbraun.
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Sale Price $1,050
Medium Albumen print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1866-75 Print Date 1875c
Dimensions 15-3/4 x 5-1/8 in. (400 x 130 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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