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Nude, Portland, Oregon

Minor White (American, 1908–1976)

Date:
1940
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
11.9 x 9.1 cm (4 11/16 x 3 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.498
Rights and Reproduction:
© The Trustees of Princeton University. Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum
  • Description

    From a background in botany and documentary photography, White developed into an artist whose extreme personal investment in the metaphorical significance of photographic form wrought beautiful images swathed in spirituality. He was especially adept at photographing the male nude. Here, as was typical of White, the body's contours and volumes breathe warmth throughout the image, so that it pulsates with life without attenuating into pure erotica or kitsch. White's talent for such a transformation permeated all of his work, no matter what the subject-barn, landscape, human form, street scene-so that the spirit and spirituality of living inhabited every corner of his images.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed in pencil on mount, recto C, below print: "minor white"

  • Provenance

    [Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery to Waddell, June 1, 1981]; John C. Waddell

  • Notes

    According to JCW, probably the same subject as "Male Nude," reproduced in Nude, Photographs 1850-1980, New York: Harper & Row, 1980, pl.99, and back cover. See MMA 1975.517.1 for a cropped version of the same photograph.

  • See also
265573

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