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Fungi Lepiota procera

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

Date:
ca. 1930
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 23.1 x 16.7 cm (9 1/8 x 6 9/16 in.) Sheet: 23.5 x 17.1 cm (9 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.369
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • Description

    Between the World Wars, Renger-Patzsch was one of the champions of straight photography in Germany, and an advocate for a modern aesthetic style known as Neue Sachlichkeit, or "new objectivity." His goal was to search for the underlying essence and universality of all the objects in the world-the essential subject of his 1928 publication Die welt ist schön, "The World Is Beautiful." This botanical study shows the underside of the common parasol mushroom, found in woods and pastures throughout the northern hemisphere.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Inscribed in pencil by the artist, verso TC: "Fungi // Lepiota procera // Parasolpilz von unten"; Stamped on verso: "Abdruck nur gegen // Honorar und Beleg und mit // Angabe: Aufn. Fred Koch."

  • Provenance

    [Graphics International, Ltd., Washington, D.C.]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, September 18, 1979

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