ARLES. LEFT SIDE OF THE MAIN PORTAL OF SAINT-TROPHIME WITH THE EVANGELISTS AND THE BLESSED Negre, Charles  (French, 1820-1880)

This print was purchased directly from the Nègre archive. Despite it being a ‘weak’ impression, Nègre chose to keep it – perhaps to use as a teaching tool or reference when compared to a stronger print. Or perhaps just because its light tonality is beautiful and creates a sublime evocative softness, a quality emerging from the uncharted ink-on-paper photographic syntax. The print held in the Musèe d’Orsay has the same tonality.

Reproduced / Exhibited

National Gallery of Canada Accession number 32418 (salt print)

Musèe d’Orsay pho 1983 165 59