Souterrain de la Nerthe © Edouard Baldus © 2018 James Hyman Gallery
Souterrain de la Nerthe © Edouard Baldus © 2018 James Hyman Gallery 

The pillars of modernity - Edouard Baldus and the classical order

05/04/2018 - 20/05/2018

JAMES HYMAN 
16 Savile Row 
 
W1S 3PL London


 
The museum quality photographs in this exhibition have been collected over a period of fifteen years from multiple sources. They include many of Baldus's most famous motifs and are prints of exceptional richness, contrast and tone. 

The selection allows one to appreciate the ways in which Baldus placed the arch and the column at the centre of his celebration of the architecture and landscape of France. In celebrating the legacy of these classical orders, Baldus's photographic vision emphasised the connections between the magnificent achievements of the Romans and the glorious ambitions of Imperial France during the Second Empire rule of Napoleon III.

Beginning in 1851 with his photographs for the Mission heliographique, Baldus used a celebration of the historical legacy of France's ancient monuments, especially the Roman buildings in Southern France, as the foundation to become the photographer par excellence of the modernity of Second Empire France.