Dubreuil, a Pictorialist master of Modernist compositions, experimented relentlessly not only with printmaking techniques but also with picture construction. The smaller of these two prints was made by contact from the original negative and shows us the entire scene Dubreuil captured with his hand-held camera. The larger print, an enlargement also made from the original negative, isolates and expands a carefully chosen detail, presenting the viewer with a completely new and even more abstract composition whose atmospheric perspective and shallow depth of field are softened further by the porous and delicate Japanese tissue upon which the gelatin silver image lies.

Venise: Une Silhouette, 1912

Venise: Une Silhouette, 1912
silver-toned platinum print on Japanese rice paper
monogram in ink (on the recto); title, date, annotation 'No. 6
Propriété de G. Gheude, Président A.B.P.C., Bruxelles' in ink and 'Primo Salon Italiano D'Arte Fotografica Internazionale, Torino 1925-1926' exhibition label affixed (on the reverse of the primary mount); credit, date, annotation 'Silhouette Venetienne, entitré également Dans la Lagune' and 'No. 6 Propriété de G. Gheude, Président A.B.P.C., Bruxelles' in ink/pencil (on the reverse of the secondary mount); accompanied by a gelatin silver printing-out print
image: 11½ x 9 1/8in. (29.3 x 23.2cm.)
sheet: 11¾ x 9 3/8in. (29.8 x 23.7cm.)
primary mount: 12 x 9 5/8in. (30.5 x 24.4cm.)
secondary mount: 15 5/8 x 11¾in. (39.7 x 29.8cm.)
image/sheet (accompanying print): 4 x 2 7/8in. (18.2 x 7.2cm.)
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Please note that this is actually a silver-toned platinum print (not gelatin silver).

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The print is accompanied by a gelatin silver print/contact print on printing-out paper

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