Wet Sands

Accession Number

Wet Sands

Lucien Clergue

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
1965; printed 2006

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

16 in x 12 in (40.64 cm x 30.48 cm);20 in x 16 in (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jeffrey and Elena Sobel

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions: Curators Choice Part I, November 12, 2011-March 18, 2012
Lucien Clergue
France, born 1934
Wet Sands, Camargue
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Jeffrey and Elena Sobel, 2008/2.198.4

Subject matter
Clergue frequently photographed nature, with a focus on sand, throughout his career. His images of marshes and beaches hint at the cycles of life and death found in nature. In this image, Clergue photographed a pattern created by natural elements: wind, water, and sand. The result is a cropped-in view of miniscule canyons imprinted in the sand. 

Physical Description
This photograph of wet sand shows grooves formed in the sand by wind or water, creating canyon-like formations when viewed at this closed-in, cropped angle.

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geometric patterns
lines (artistic concept)
water (inorganic material)

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