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By Mark Haworth-Booth

The topic of this booklet, the 1st to be dedicated to a unmarried photo, is Camille Silvy’s amazing River Scene. Hailed as a masterpiece while it used to be first exhibited in France in 1858, the picture is observed right here by way of newly commissioned colour images by means of famous photographer Stephen Shore. In a provocative essay the writer discusses the background of the photo within the context of attitudes of the day towards images and photographic exhibitions, outlines the impacts on Silvy, and examines his eventual impression on others. this can be the 3rd ebook within the Getty Museum experiences on artwork (GMSA) sequence which seeks to introduce person works of observe or small teams of heavily comparable works to a large public with an curiosity within the heritage of paintings and comparable disciplines. every one monograph encompasses a shut dialogue of its topic in addition to a close research of the wider context within which the paintings used to be created, contemplating proper ancient, cultural, chronological, and different questions. desk of Contents Foreword Weston J. Naef Debut: Edinburgh and London Paris Nogent-le Rotrou and los angeles Croix-du-Perche Paris—London—La Croix-du-Perche Reflections Notes chosen Bibliography Acknowledgments

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As with many other notable Provencal families, there was a distant Italian origin. Sometimes the Italian version of the name—Silvi—was used, and fam­ ily tradition refers to connections with the noble Sienese house of Piccolomini (and beyond to Silvius in Republican Rome). I n the late eighteenth and nineteenth cen­ turies, Camille Silvy's branch styled itself Silvy de Piccolomini, but this was never a legal title in France, and Camille himself is not known to have used i t . " Camille's grandfather Pierre-Lazare-Leon Silvy had been born in Cucurron in 1762.

C A M I L L E Photographie. SILVY. La Vallee de l'Huisne (State 2). Paris, Societe Francaise de work—probably on both landscape and sky negatives. State 1 is, of course, also burned in along the top edge. A valuable treatise was discovered by Francois Lepage of Gerard Levy's gallery, Paris, and a fascinating extract was later published by Andre Jammes and Eugenia Parry Janis in The Art of French Calotype. 104 The treatise by Ele. ) Pinot, ' professeur de peinture et de Photographie," was published in Paris in 1857 with this title: Photographie-lvoire ou Vart de faire des miniatures rendu aussi facile que le coloris sur plaque sans savoir ni peindre ni dessiner, precede d'un traite complet de Photographie, contenant les procedes nouveaux pour faire des fonds de paysages, les dels, etc.

Even Le Gray had prob­ lems in that zone of his marines at which restless seas meet—sometimes abruptly— the flat tone of the lower sky {beneath the dancing clouds). Silvy also painted among the main stand of poplars, and i f we look closely at the trunks of the trees, we see how the photographer compensated for his painting-out by adding in little dabs of foliage. This is even more evident further up the leftmost tree, where there is a free splash of foliage. Between this tree and the rooftop to its left is an area of open, "dodged" sky into which poke two or three distant treetops.

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