Jun 28, 2007

The Dutch Girl

The Dutch Girl


Paul Outerbridge

(American, 1896–1958)

Assembly process color print (three-color carbro process)

Image: 49.4 x 29.2 cm (19 7/16 x 11 1/2 in.); Paper: 55 x 40.4 cm (21 5/8 x 15 7/8 in.); Matted: 66 x 55.9 cm (26 x 22 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Ralph S. Allen 1942.1163



Throughout his career, Outerbridge wrote numerous articles on photography, including both technical essays and more philosophical meditations on his favorite subjects—feminine beauty and photographing the nude. Eighteenth-century French paintings, particularly depictions of harem scenes, appear to have been a direct source for his erotic nudes. Both Outerbridge and the French painters he admired presented the female nude with a balance of classical, naive innocence and worldly sensuality. In this image, Outerbridge depicted a partially nude young woman, whose averted face is thrown into shadow by her lace cap. He posed the model so that the projecting ends of the cap would echo her breasts.

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