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Ruth Bernhard

Lot 96024

Puppet, Hand and Foot, 1938

Gelatin silver, printed later
7 3/8 × 9 3/8 in
18.7 × 23.8 cm
Heritage Auctions
Estimated value: $600–$800
Starting bid
$480

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is cornered to board; minor corner bumps with associated loss …

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is cornered to board; minor corner bumps with associated loss to the corners of the margins; otherwise, there do not appear to be any major condition issues affecting the work.

Signature
Signed in pencil mat window mat recto. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil verso and mat 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 cornered to board; minor corner bumps with associated loss …

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printed later

Condition Report: Sheet is cornered to board; minor corner bumps with associated loss to the corners of the margins; otherwise, there do not appear to be any major condition issues affecting the work.

Signature
Signed in pencil mat window mat recto. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil verso and mat 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 96024

Puppet, Hand and Foot, 1938

Gelatin silver, printed later
7 3/8 × 9 3/8 in
18.7 × 23.8 cm
Heritage Auctions
Estimated value: $600–$800
Starting bid
$480

This auction has a buyer's premium.
Shipping, taxes, and additional fees may apply.
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00d  13h  43m  06s
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