Nov 21, 2019

Tea and Walnuts

Tea and Walnuts

c. 1930

Ilse Bing

(American, 1899–1998)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 11.8 x 17.3 cm (4 5/8 x 6 13/16 in.); Paper: 11.8 x 17.3 cm (4 5/8 x 6 13/16 in.); Mounted: 24.9 x 31.3 cm (9 13/16 x 12 5/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2020.290


Did you know?

“I didn’t choose photography; it chose me,” said Ilse Bing.


Bing was just a “snapshooter” until she had to hone her photographic skills to produce illustrations for her doctoral dissertation at the University of Frankfurt on an 18th century architect. Once she saw her first painting by Vincent Van Gogh, in 1929, she instantly decided to abandon art history and become an artist—but not a painter. Photography “was the trend of the time,” she recalled later.

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