Mar 2, 2006

Geometric Abstraction

Geometric Abstraction

c. 1950

Pim van Os

(Dutch, 1910–1954)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 23.7 x 17.7 cm (9 5/16 x 6 15/16 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1993.143



Active just after World War II, Van Os was a pioneering Dutch photographer who gained considerable recognition in postwar Europe for his experimental imagery. This abstract composition was made exclusively with the camera, and the movement of light is both the means of expression and the subject of the picture. Layered geometric shapes give the slightest sense of a threedimensional arrangement of bold shapes.

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