Jun 13, 2013
Jun 13, 2013

Ella Bergmann-Michel

Ella Bergmann-Michel


Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22.8 x 16.1 cm (9 x 6 5/16 in.); Mounted: 43.5 x 35.9 cm (17 1/8 x 14 1/8 in.); Paper: 22.8 x 16.1 cm (9 x 6 5/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2012.397



Shortly after Ilse Bing decided to become a photographer, she met artist, photographer, and filmmaker Ella Bergmann-Michel (1896–1971). When this portrait was made, they had been friends for two decades. An important role model for women artists in post–World War I Germany, Bergmann-Michel shared with Bing an aesthetic approach: creating abstractions that were rooted in reality. As Bing explained, their work stood out from other nonrepresentational artists because it was “based on ongoing life in even the most abstract pictures.”

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