Roman Ramparts, Arles
Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., New York
1820 - 1880
Roman Ramparts, Arles
salt print from a waxed paper negative with applied pigment, signed and annotated 'Arles' in the negative, 1852
image: 9 by 12 ¾ in. (22.9 by 32.4 cm.)
Please note the colors in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. Grading this salt print on a scale of 1 to 10 - a 10 being a print that has rich, deep dark tones and highlights that retain all their original detail - this print rates a 9. The darkest areas are a rich chocolate brown. There is exceptional detail seen in the individual bricks that compose the rampart, as well as the rocky terrain in the foreground. This salt print is in generally excellent condition. The following are visible: a fox mark and a small deposit of indeterminate origin in the sky area; a crease in the left corner; minor edge and corner wear; and age-appropriate darkening at the edges.
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"This view of the gate leading into the fortified city of Arles, built in the first century BCE, is one of Nègre's most well known photographs. A lifelong painter who embraced photography as a student of Gustave Le Gray, Nègre skillfully retouched this negative to create a mysterious mood for the ancient edifice. The deep violet hue on cream paper allows the salt print’s mottled shadows to enhance the mystery." - Hans P. Kraus, Jr.
Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, established in New York in 1984, is a dealer in 19th and early 20th century photographs, specializing in William Henry Fox Talbot and others in the paper negative era.