Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Hoepffner studied painting and graphic design at the Bauhaus before turning to photography. In this photogram, she places stencils on photosensitized paper to create an abstract play of diagonals, gridded forms, and floating, mistlike patches. In both title and appearance, the work pays homage to painter and Bauhaus instructor Vasily Kandinsky, who, like Hoepffner, likened abstract art to music. Hoepffner made several other photograms at this time, often dedicated to famous composers or musical scores. Although many of her experimental photographs of the 1930s were destroyed in World War II, in the 1960s, Hoepffner would go on to play a role in the light and kinetic art movement.
Inscription: Signed and dated in white ink on print, recto, LR: "Marta Hoepffner 37"; photographer's stamp, twice, on print, verso, C: "Marta Hoepffner // FRANKFURT/M"; "Marta Hoepffner // HOFHEIM A TAUNUS"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, LR: "Hommage à Kandinsky [in quotation marks] // Fotogramm 1937"; inscribed in JCW hand in pencil on print, verso, UR: "715. // Hoepffner"
[Rudolf Kicken Gallery (Kicken-Pauseback), Cologne, to Waddell, August 24, 1983]; John C. Waddell
Meyer, Richard. "Richard Meyer on "Reimagining Modernism" at the Met." Artforum (November 2015). p. 144.