Next month, New Yorkers can experience Parisian life when the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris from January 29 to May 4, 2014. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with the Met, the exhibition will display 100 of Marville’s photographs on the museum’s second floor galleries 691-693.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the 19th century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III.
Marville achieved moderate success as an illustrator early in his career, but his artistic poetry blossomed in 1850 when he took up photography. By the end of the decade, Marville earned an accomplished reputation, and became the official photographer for the city of Paris in the 1860s.
Near the time of his death, Marville had fallen into relative obscurity, with much of his work stored in municipal or state archives. This exhibition, made possible in part by Jennifer S. and Philip F. Maritz, marks the bicentennial of Marville’s birth and explores the full trajectory of the artist’s photographic career.
Concurrent with Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris is a related installation in the adjacent Howard Gilman Gallery: Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s-1930s which celebrates the first 100 years of photography in Paris and exhibits photographs drawn from the museum’s collection from January 27 to May 4, 2014.
Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris is curated by Jeff L. Rosenheim, Curator in Charge and Doug Eklund, Curator, both in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum. The curator for Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s-1930s is Jeff L. Rosenheim.
For more information, visit www.metmuseum.org.