Mother & Child, Joane

Mounted by the artist on dark mount board; a unique piece by an important artist

Signature: Signed Recto

Gift of the artist to Doris Jean Folberg, from the Folberg Estate

About Ruth Bernhard

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.

German, 1905-2006, Berlin, Germany, based in New York, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
25, G. Gibson Gallery
2016
About Time, Photography West Gallery, Carmel
2016
Women of Vision, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem
2014
Models & Muses, Weston Gallery, Carmel-by-the-Sea
2014
Equilibrium, Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem