Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wieviele Freiballone sind in der Luft?

Artist:
Robert Petschow (German, 1888–1945)
Date:
1926
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
16.6 x 11.3 cm (6 9/16 x 4 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.66
Not on view
This picture would have us think that the balloon, like a leaky faucet, is dripping shadows. Petschow's delight in the conundrum posed by this design--as simple and graphic as a playing card--in indicated by his title. Viewers may also want to ponder: Which shadow belongs to the balloon in this picture?
Inscription: Inscribed in ink, verso UC and C: "Wieviel Freiballone sind // in der luft? [underlined] // Zwei, Ja musste mit seinem // Schatten, darunter der Schatten // des [underlined] Ballons (150 m höher!) // von dem aus das Luftbild // ausgesteigt würde!"; inscribed in pencil, verso C and LC: "38787 35 L", "80.4.4.19"; stamped verso LC: "Original - Auf-nahme // R. Petschow // Berlin-Steglitz // Feuerbachstr. 60 // --- Alle Rechte vorbehalten ---"
Possibly Petschow's estate; [Egidio Marzona, Düsseldorf, Germany]; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (June 1, 1982)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Avant-Garde Photography in Germany, 1919–1939".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 28, 1990–April 22, 1990.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 108.

Eklund, Doug, and Jeff L. Rosenheim. Unclassified: A Walker Evans Anthology. Zurich: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. cover.



Agfa Brovira paper
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