Pathway in the Forest of Fontainbleau

Gustave Le Gray1849–52

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

One of the most inventive and influential French photographers of the 1850s, Le Gray was widely known for his landmark studies taken in the Forest of Fontainbleau, near Paris, from about 1849 to 1857. The photographs share a kinship with the work of the Barbizon painters, such as Corot, Daubigny, and Millet, who also worked there. Le Gray skillfully overcame technical problems to master the photographing of greenery and dark areas and to exploit the visual effects of light and atmosphere. In this enchanting scene, the viewer is drawn almost magnetically into a carriage trail surrounded by a dense archway of trees with sparkling sunlight filtering through the leaves.

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  • Title: Pathway in the Forest of Fontainbleau
  • Creator: Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820-1884)
  • Date Created: 1849–52
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 19.1 x 26.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 7/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
  • Provenance: Charles Henry Miller [1842-1922], New York, NY, Paul Cava [1949-], Philadelphia, PA, David Mancini, (Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York, NY), The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1988.64
  • Medium: salted paper print from waxed paper negative
  • Inscriptions: Written in black ink on recto: "Gustave Le Gray [signed]", written in pencil on verso: "CW.56 / STL / 125"
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund
  • Collection: PH - French 19th Century
  • Accession Number: 1988.64

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