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Gustave Le Gray 
Hollow Oak Tree, Fontainebleau 
1855-1857 
  
Albumen silver print, from glass negative 
12 3/8 ◊ 14 13/16 ins (31.5 ◊ 37.7 cm) (image) 21 9/16 ins ◊ 27 3/8 ins (54.8 ◊ 69.6 cm) (mount) 
  
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Bequest of Maurice B. Sendak, 2012, Accession Number: 2013.159.38 
  
 
LL/67553 
  
Curatorial description (Accessed: 10 June 2016)
Trained as a painter by the artist Paul Delaroche, Le Gray embraced photography within a decade of the mediumís public announcement, becoming one of its most admired practitioners. In the forest of Fontainebleau, he and painters worked side by side, producing images that earned him praise among his colleagues. His extraordinary understanding of light is particularly evident in his arboreal studies. This forest view transforms a backlit tree into a conduit of the Sublime. Sunlight pierces its branches, causing them to hover on the edge of immateriality. 
 

 
  
 
  
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