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Göhnender Pavian

Albert Renger-Patzsch (German, Wurzburg 1897–1966 Wamel)

Date:
ca. 1928
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.2 x 16.9 cm (8 3/4 x 6 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.114
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    "Here the movement of 1/100th of a second is frozen with a truthfulness to life which neither brush nor pencil could ever surpass," wrote Renger-Patzch of this image in New Camera Views. The next year (1928) he composed a picture book, The World is Beautiful, which treats man-made and natural objects as structural analogues of one another. This organizing principle rejected the visual delight of the atypical or anomalous, so vivid in this picture; consequently the book reproduced a static and conventional "portrait" of the baboon instead of this image.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Stamped on print, verso UL: "Phot. A. Renger-Patzsch // BAD-HARZBURG"; stamped on print, verso UC: "Jede Reproduktion // verboten"; inscribed on print, verso C: "Göhnender Pavian"; inscribed on print, verso UC: "J129"; inscribed on print, verso LL: "Heise"; inscribed on print, verso LR: "6";

  • Provenance

    (Sale, Phillips, New York, Photographs from the 1920s and 1930s, November 13, 1980, Lot #20); John C. Waddell

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