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Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art

February 11 – May 6, 2007
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier Galleries G30, G31, G32

Gustave Le Gray, The Pont du Carrousel, Paris: View to the West from the Pont des Arts, 1856-1858, albumen print from collodion negative, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 1995.36.94

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 54 photographs and 2 bound volumes showing scenes of Paris from the 19th and early 20th centuries were on view in this exhibition drawn from the holdings of the National Gallery of Art. The installation included the earliest photographs of Paris taken during the 1840s and 1850s by William Henry Fox Talbot, Henri Le Secq, and Gustave Le Gray, later views by Eugène Atget, and scenes of Paris in the 1920s and 1930s by emigré photographers such as André Kertész, Germaine Krull, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, and others.

On March 4, curator Sarah Kennel presented a lecture about the exhibition in the East Building Auditorium. Parisian Panorama 1920–1930, a series of films created in Paris during the 1920s, was shown in April.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Sarah Kennel, assistant curator, department of photographs, was the curator.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by the support of Edward J. Lenkin.

Attendance: 58,628

Atget, Eugène
French, 1857 - 1927
Durandelle, Louis-Émile
French, 1839 - 1917
Kertész, André
American, 1894 - 1985
Le Gray, Gustave
French, 1820 - 1884
Marville, Charles
French, 1813 - 1879
Talbot, William Henry Fox
British, 1800 - 1877

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