Alpine View, Glacier (Savoie)Artist(s)Bisson FréresArtist NationalityFrench (culture or style)Object Creation Datecirca 1860Medium & Supportalbumen print on paperDimensions
13 7/16 in x 17 13/16 in (34.13 cm x 45.24 cm);22 3/16 in x 28 3/16 in (56.36 cm x 71.6 cm);19 1/4 in x 23 3/4 in (48.89 cm x 60.33 cm)Credit LineMuseum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of ArtSubject matter
Probably taken in 1860 when the brothers Bisson accompanied Napoleon III and the Empress to Chamonix to celebrate the reunion of Savoy with France, this photograph depicts a glacier in the Alps seen from a village at the base of the mountain range. The imposing forms of the mountains dominate the image, dramatically bisecting the composition from the lower left to upper right corner and dwarfing the tiny village houses situated at their base. While the majority of the Bisson Frères' photographs of the Alps depict the ascent of Mont Blanc or the Valley of Chamonix from the mountains, this view was taken from within a village, as evidenced by the roof of a house that appears in the lower right corner of the image.Physical Description
Photograph of a glacier in the Alps near Savoie, viewed from a village at the base of the mountains.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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glaciers (bodies of water)