Alpine View, Glacier (Savoie)

Accession Number
1989/1.63

Title
Alpine View, Glacier (Savoie)

Artist(s)
Bisson Fréres

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1860

Medium & Support
albumen print on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Subject 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 Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Cityscapes
Landscapes
glaciers (bodies of water)
house
mountain climbing
mountains
snow
snow (precipitation)
travel photography
villages

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