Paris: View of Rue Saint-Honoré, Charles Marville
Charles Marville
Paris: View of Rue Saint-Honoré
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Charles Marville

Paris: View of Rue Saint-Honoré, 1865

32.5 x 27.4 cm
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Albumen print on chine collé mounted on cardboard
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Acquired in 2011 with support from the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the Hessischer Kulturstiftung, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


About the Work

The Rue Saint-Honoré, one of Paris’s oldest thoroughfares, looks dark and abandoned. Like the ramshackle substance of the bleak buildings, the wet cobblestones also reflect the hazy sky. For the last time, old Paris is captured in photographs before it makes way for a modern city on the orders of Napoleon III. Marville’s commission had been to merely document the metropolis, which had become too narrow for its citizens. His evocative photographs far exceeded expectations.

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