Aug 22, 2007

Euphorbia Neriifolia

Euphorbia Neriifolia

c. 1928

Albert Renger-Patzsch

(German, 1897–1968)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23 x 16.9 cm (9 1/16 x 6 5/8 in.); Paper: 23.2 x 17 cm (9 1/8 x 6 11/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1991.275



A pioneer of realistic, straight photography, labeled "New Objectivity" (Neue Sachlichkeit) in Germany, Albert Renger-Patzsch produced powerful gelatin silver prints of nature, architecture, and machinery. He presented his subjects in dramatic close-ups, harshly lit to emphasize their surfaces and contours, and with their edges thrown into relief by dark, unfocused backgrounds. As in this finely detailed image of a succulent, his photographs concentrated attention on structures, patterns, and textures that might ordinarily be overlooked.

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