Gorge at Eaux Chaudes, Pyrenees

Jean-Jacques Heilmann (French, 1822-1859)c. 1855

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Little is known of the life and career of J. J. Heilmann. He was fascinated by the subject of civilized human life in the context of the primitive world. In this instance, the monumental stone bridge with a few tiny figures insert a human presence into what would otherwise be an overpowering natural setting. The arched structure is not only a reminder of the human ambition to compete with nature, it also blends in with the surrounding stone cliffs, suggesting a harmonious relationship.

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  • Title: Gorge at Eaux Chaudes, Pyrenees
  • Creator: Jean-Jacques Heilmann (French, 1822-1859)
  • Date Created: c. 1855
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 25.8 x 19.7 cm (10 3/16 x 7 3/4 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1995.27
  • Medium: salted paper print from wet collodion negative
  • Inscriptions: Written in pencil on recto of mount: "À Mon Ami Nicola / JJH"; "Nouvelle Route des Eaux Chaudes"
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
  • Collection: PH - French 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 1995.27

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