navigate left
navigate right
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share

Ruth Bernhard

Broken Shell, 1934

Gelatin silver, printed later
8 5/8 × 7 1/8 in
21.9 × 18.1 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
HA
Heritage Auctions

printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 18 x 16 inches; minor …

Read more

printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 18 x 16 inches; minor yellowing to the mount; edgewear to the image, most likely from the window mat; one pinhole size impression to the center of the image.

Signature
Signed pencil mount recto. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil mount verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ruth Bernhard
German-American, 1905–2006
Follow

During her lifetime, Ruth Bernhard shot almost exclusively in black-and-white, focusing on the sensuality of the human body, resulting in images that are charged with erotic power. In her silver gelatin print, Mother & Child, Joane (1963), a mother clutches her infant, lovingly cradling it to her. Their nude bodies, contours, and bare skin mirror one another, creating formal as well as emotional depth. Bernhard was born in Berlin and studied at the city’s Academy of Art before moving to the United States in 1927. She counted Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston among her colleagues and friends, and claimed the two photographers were responsible for showing her that the medium was capable of artistry. She also produced photographs for the Museum of Modern Art’s first exhibition catalogue.

navigate left
navigate right
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share
Save
Save
view
View in room
share
Share
About the work
HA
Heritage Auctions

printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 18 x 16 inches; minor …

Read more

printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 18 x 16 inches; minor yellowing to the mount; edgewear to the image, most likely from the window mat; one pinhole size impression to the center of the image.

Signature
Signed pencil mount recto. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil mount verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ruth Bernhard
German-American, 1905–2006
Follow

During her lifetime, Ruth Bernhard shot almost exclusively in black-and-white, focusing on the sensuality of the human body, resulting in images that are charged with erotic power. In her silver gelatin print, Mother & Child, Joane (1963), a mother clutches her infant, lovingly cradling it to her. Their nude bodies, contours, and bare skin mirror one another, creating formal as well as emotional depth. Bernhard was born in Berlin and studied at the city’s Academy of Art before moving to the United States in 1927. She counted Margrethe Mather and Edward Weston among her colleagues and friends, and claimed the two photographers were responsible for showing her that the medium was capable of artistry. She also produced photographs for the Museum of Modern Art’s first exhibition catalogue.

Ruth Bernhard

Broken Shell, 1934

Gelatin silver, printed later
8 5/8 × 7 1/8 in
21.9 × 18.1 cm
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Ruth Bernhard
Related works
Most Similar