BOUTON, Charles-Marie
(b. 1781, Paris, d. 1853, Paris)

Gothic Chapel

Oil on canvas, 47 x 39cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This painting relies on pronounced perspective and crepuscular light to convey a romantic effect that displaces narrative content, evoking the spectacle of the Diorama theatre, developed by Bouton and Louis Daguerre, on a small scale.