Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884)
Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884)

Brig on the Water, 1856

Details
Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884)
Brig on the Water, 1856
albumen print, mounted on original board
facsimile signature in red ink (image, recto)
image/sheet: 32.1 x 41.9cm. (12 5/8 x 16 ½in.)
mount: 33 x 42.8cm. (13 x 16 7/8in.)
Literature
Sylvie Aubenas and Gordon Baldwin (ed.), Gustave Le Gray 1820-1884, Editions Gallimard, Paris, 2002, p. 108, pl. 128;
Eugenia Parry Janis, The Photography of Gustave Le Gray, University of Chicago Press, 1987, frontispiece;
Ken Jacobson, The Lovely Sea-view...Which All London is Now Wondering at. A Study of the Marine Photographs Published by Gustave Le Gray, 1856-1858 published by Gustave Le Gray, 1856-58, Ken & Jenny Jacobson, 2001, p.8, fig.2.
Post lot text
Gustave Le Gray’s, Brig on the Water, 1856, was one of the most celebrated and widely distributed photographs of the 19th century. The work caused a sensation; so much so that the artistic power of Le Gray’s seascapes went on to influence certain Impressionist artists including Claude Monet. Le Gray generally overcame the difficulty of capturing both sea and sky by successfully combining two negatives. It has been suggested that Brig on the Water was in fact achieved on a single negative – a triumph and evidence at that time of Le Gray’s technical mastery of his medium.

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