Objet phare des musées de Grasse

Museum of Art and History of Provence

Lemon Tree in Grasse

05 June 2014 / 16h45

Charles Nègre

Lemon Tree in Grasse

Ca. 1852 – photograph on salted paper

Museum of the Art and History of Provence - acquired with the assistance of the French Ministry of Culture and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.

Inv. 2010.0.236

When photography was first invented, Charles Nègre felt that this new technique could help him create his paintings. However, he rapidly discovered other possibilities and would practice photography as a separate art form, ensuring his glory in Paris. He was undoubtedly one of the most talented artists of this generation of photography pioneers.

A national treasure, this photograph was made by Charles Nègre during a trip he took through the south of France in 1852. This superb still life focuses on a lemon tree and features an exceedingly simple composition; it is particularly valuable because this theme was rarely depicted by the artist or by other French photographers in the 1850s. The only print of this work is in a perfectly conserved condition and is associated to its negative.