Pont du Point du Jour
Pont du Point du Jour
Part of The J. Paul Getty museum permanent collection, located in Los Angeles, California. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program. Hippolyte-Auguste Collard French, 1863/1866 Albumen print 9 15/16 x 13 15/16 in. 84.XP.776.1 The subject is the Viaduct of Auteuil, an elaborate, two-story, 1,073-meter-long viaduct with 151 arches that spanned the distance between the town of Auteuil and the Point-du-Jour bridge outside Paris. Although the absolute symmetry of the bridge and light posts is compelling and might have attracted another photographer, Hippolyte-Auguste Collard made a less obvious choice, positioning his camera at the end of the Point du Jour, slightly off-center and toward the middle of the right pedestrian arcade. This view establishes an unobstructed line of sight to a point in the far distance, making the viaduct seem infinite. The shadowy sweep of the bridge overhead fans out of the frame like a lopsided crown, while a puddle of water just in front of the left pedestrian passageway, whose arch bears the stains of seeping water, suggests a more mundane problem threatening the impressive structure. Text from http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=50723
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