Adalbert Cuvelier (1812-1871)
LANDSCAPE WITH RIVER AND VILLAGE, LIKELY ARRAS, 1853, salt paper print from a paper negative, image size, 191 x 257mm, initialed and dated by the photographer in the negative, mounted, matted, 1853
Aldabert Cuvelier's photographs are exceptionally rare. Historically, only three other known examples have been offered on the auction market. The collection of the father and sons works that were offered at Sotheby's in 2007 had this image and one other by Aldabert. Both photographs of a river -- most likely the Scarpe or one of its ancillary canals -- bisects the landscape. In the present image a village, possibly Arras, is visible in the distance on the left bank; on the heavily-treed right bank a portion of a wooden structure can be seen. While the other image by Adalbert depicts artists sketching along a lush riverside, the present image is more minimal in its approach, with the essentially blank space of the river taking up a greater part of the photograph. The composition is simpler; Adalbert has reduced the landscape to its essential elements: water, land, and sky.
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