London, The Royal Photographic Society, Pierre Dubreuil, August 1935
Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Pierre Dubreuil Photographies 1896-1935, October 1987 - January 1988
San Diego, The Museum of Photographic Arts, Pierre Dubreuil Rediscovered: The Masterprints 1900-1935, September - November 1988, and traveling thereafter to:
New York, Alliance Française, 1989
The Detroit Institute of the Arts, 1990
'Criticisms of Readers prints,' The Amateur Photographer & Photographic News, 5 May 1913, Vol. LVII, No. 1492, Supplement, p. 6
In addition to being a master photographic technician, Dubreuil was one of the most imaginative photographers of his day. In the present image, the 1874 monumental Fontaine de l’Observatoire in the Jardin Marco Polo in the 6th arrondissement in Paris is rendered with evocative dynamism. With characteristic ingenuity, Dubreuil evokes palpable tension by rendering the kinetic spray of the fountain water in opposition to the stationary sculpted horses.
At the time of this writing, the photograph offered here is believed to be the only known surviving print of this image. Dubreuil authority Tom Jacobson, from whose collection this photograph comes, reintroduced the work of the pioneering photographer to the world in the 1980s and brought these long-forgotten photographs to public attention through the international exhibition, Pierre Dubreuil, Photographs 1896–1935, and its accompanying catalogue, which remains the definitive text on Dubreuil.
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