Interior of a Cathedral
Many 19th century painters were influenced by the development of photography. This is especially true of Hippolyte Sebron. Born in Caudebec, France, Sebron began his artistic career studying under and painting with Louis Daguerre (1787-1851), a former scene painter for the opera who had turned to the production of dioramas. Dioramas were large, long canvases which unrolled on stage with a light behind them, producing a primitive moving picture. This led both Daguerre and Sebron to study the effects produced by lighting, in Sebrons case resulting in his paintings of light-filled church interiors like this one. Daguerre went on to invent the daguerreotype, an early form of photograph, while Sebron continued to produce light-filled landscapes and interior scenes based upon his travels in Europe, America (Niagara Falls in Winter is also part of the Nortons permanent collection), and the Middle East.