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Abstract Composition

Artist:
Florence Henri (American, 1893–1982)
Date:
1929
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
12.4 x 17.3 cm (4 7/8 x 6 13/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.63
Rights and Reproduction:
© Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, Genoa, Italy; www.florencehenri.com
Not on view
Initially a painter who studied under Fernand Léger, Henri turned to photography in 1927 after attending a summer course at the Bauhaus with László Moholy-Nagy. The influence of both heritages is apparent in this powerful abstract image. Henri arranges smooth, industrially produced objects—a round ball and a metal grate—against mirrors to create a play of space and reflective surface. Simultaneously, she imbues her objects with stasis and poise that resonates with the universalizing impulse of Purism, a painting movement advocated and practiced by such artists as Léger, Amédée Ozenfant, and Le Corbusier, which sought to depict the simple, essential geometries of everyday objects.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso LR: "60"
Laszló Moholy-Nagy [?] to Arthur Siegel; [Edwynn Houk to Kicken]; [Rudolf Kicken to Waddell, November 19, 1982]; John C. Waddell

Published as Composition with Mirror in The New Vision, page 89. JCW notes that provenance is according to Edwynn Houk.
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