Imogen Cunningham, ‘Nude on Couch’, 1968, Heritage Auctions
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Nude on Couch, 1968

Gelatin silver
10 5/8 × 13 in
27 × 33 cm
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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 15 x 20 inches; one light scratch approximately …

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Signed and dated in pencil on mount recto
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Imogen Cunningham
American, 1883–1976
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One of the first professional female photographers in America, Imogen Cunningham is best known for her botanical photography, though she also produced images of nudes, industrial landscapes, and street scenes. After studying photography in Germany, Cunningham opened a portrait studio in Seattle, producing soft-focus allegorical prints in the tradition of Pictorialism—a style of photography influenced by academic painting from the turn of the century—as well as portraiture. From the early 1920s she began to take close-up, sharply detailed studies of plant life and other natural forms, including a two-year-long, in-depth study of the magnolia flower. In 1932 she joined an association of West Coast modernist photographers known as f64, rejecting sentimental soft-focus subjects in favor of greater sensuousness. Cunningham was also interested in human subjects and frequently took pictures of the hands of musicians and artists. Edward Weston was a supporter of her work, and she associated at various times with other iconic 20th-century photographers, including Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Dorothea Lange.

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Condition Report: Dry mounted to board measuring 15 x 20 inches; one light scratch approximately 1/4 inches long in the upper right quadrant; approximately two light half moon creases; possible retouching to the top left corner; one light chip to the lower right quadrant. Framed Dimensions 15 X 20 Inches

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Imogen Cunningham
American, 1883–1976
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One of the first professional female photographers in America, Imogen Cunningham is best known for her botanical photography, though she also produced images of nudes, industrial landscapes, and street scenes. After studying photography in Germany, Cunningham opened a portrait studio in Seattle, producing soft-focus allegorical prints in the tradition of Pictorialism—a style of photography influenced by academic painting from the turn of the century—as well as portraiture. From the early 1920s she began to take close-up, sharply detailed studies of plant life and other natural forms, including a two-year-long, in-depth study of the magnolia flower. In 1932 she joined an association of West Coast modernist photographers known as f64, rejecting sentimental soft-focus subjects in favor of greater sensuousness. Cunningham was also interested in human subjects and frequently took pictures of the hands of musicians and artists. Edward Weston was a supporter of her work, and she associated at various times with other iconic 20th-century photographers, including Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Dorothea Lange.

Nude on Couch, 1968

Gelatin silver
10 5/8 × 13 in
27 × 33 cm
Bidding closed
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