1938, printed later
Gelatin silver print
Paper: 20.3 x 25.4 cm (8 x 10 in.)
Gift of Joan Dowling 2022.309
Reflections are an important motif in the art of Surrealism.
In 1937, photographer Ellen Auerbach and her husband emigrated to the United States to flee Nazi persecution and threat of war in Europe. With a surrealist use of dreamlike imagery, Auerbach arranges this picture so that her husband’s reflection falls onto window of a store selling military uniforms. Was this a prefiguration of the coming World War? In October 1938, German troops invaded the Sudentenland; we do not know if this image was made before or after that event.
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