Imogen Cunningham, ‘The Unmade Bed’, 1957, Photography West Gallery

Original silver gelatin photograph. Mounted on 16x20 inch archival museum board.

Signature: Embossed signature on mount front. Stamped and authenticated by Imogen Cunningham Trust on mount verso.

About Imogen Cunningham

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.

American, 1883-1976, Portland, Oregon, based in San Francisco, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Making Modern: Kahlo and Her Circle, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
2016
The Pritzker Center for Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2015
The Eye Of Imogen Cunningham, Gallery 270, Westwood
2014
In Focus: Play, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
The Eye Of Imogen Cunningham, Gallery 270, Westwood

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
2016
Making Modern: Kahlo and Her Circle, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
2016
The Pritzker Center for Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
25th Annual Floral Masterworks Exhibition, Photography West Gallery, Carmel
2016
The Photograph, G. Gibson Gallery
2016
Women of Vision, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem
2014
In Focus: Play, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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