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Ruth Bernhard

Lot 96021

Melting Sand, 1970

Gelatin silver, printed later
7 1/4 × 12 1/4 in
18.4 × 31.1 cm
Heritage Auctions
Estimated value: $800–$1,200
Starting bid
$650

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; there do …

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; there do not appear to be any major condition issues affecting the work.

Signature
Signed in pencil mount recto. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil with the photographer's copyright stamp mount verso.
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Ruth Bernhard
German-American, 1905–2006
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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.

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; there do …

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is dry mounted to board measuring 16 x 20 inches; there do not appear to be any major condition issues affecting the work.

Signature
Signed in pencil mount recto. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil with the photographer's copyright stamp mount verso.
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Ruth Bernhard
German-American, 1905–2006
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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

Lot 96021

Melting Sand, 1970

Gelatin silver, printed later
7 1/4 × 12 1/4 in
18.4 × 31.1 cm
Heritage Auctions
Estimated value: $800–$1,200
Starting bid
$650

This auction has a buyer's premium.
Shipping, taxes, and additional fees may apply.
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00d  13h  36m  56s
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