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    Sale 7434

    Photographs

    13 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    GUSTAVE LE GRAY (1820-1884)

    Le Soleil Couronné -- Océan, 1856

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    GUSTAVE LE GRAY (1820-1884)
    Le Soleil Couronné -- Océan, 1856
    albumen print
    red ink facsimile signature stamp on recto; numbered 'No.13,421.', embossed credit stamp and paper supplier's monogram 'EB' [Ernest Binant], printed label with title and negative number 'No.21' on mount
    12¾ x 16 3/8in. (32.3 x 41.1cm.)


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    Janis remarks: 'If there is some confusion regarding the exact time of day (for here too the effect is like a theatrical sunset, not high noon), Le Gray maintained a strong degree of intimacy with the landscape as a whole. Even in these large and dramatic prints, we feel united across space with the little boats whose perfectly rendered forms seem to beckon us into halcyon infinities beyond the horizon' (p.81).

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    Literature

    Aubenas et al., Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884, Bibliothèque national de France, 2002, p.111, pl.131, no.119.