Exhibitions/ Art Object

Pétrole Hahn

Artist:
Ringl and Pit (German, active 1930–1933)
Artist:
Grete Stern (Argentinian, born Germany, 1904–1999)
Artist:
Ellen Auerbach (German, Karlsruhe 1906–2004 New York)
Date:
1931–33
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
26.7 x 31.2 cm (10 1/2 x 12 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.100
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2016 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Photographers' stamp on print, verso, C: "FOTOGRAFIE // ringl // + pit"; inscribed and signed in pencil on print, verso, C: "#8 // Studio Ringl and Pit // Grete Stern Ellen Auerbach"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, UC; UR; LL; LR: "#8"; "VI"; "vintage print"; "Petrol Hahn [sic] // Adv."; marked in pencil on tape affixed to print, verso, UC: [arrow pointing toward upper edge]
[Sander Gallery]; John C. Waddell, July 31, 1984

Ringl and Pit were the childhood nicknames of Grete Stern ("Ringl") and Ellen Auerbach ("Pit"). The print of this image reproduced in both Avant-Garde Photography 1919-1939 and Bertonati, Das experimentelle Photo, is signed and dated "Grete Stern 1928," but written sources report that Ringl + Pit opened their Berlin studio some time in 1930 or 1931 (Avant-Garde Photography, pp. 32, 53; Fotografie am Bauhaus, Berlin: Bauhaus-Archiv, 1990, p. 355). See Christopher Phillips' preparatory notes on mannequin as one of many objects collected by Auerbach and Stern for use in their advertising photos and on hand as belonging to Stern.
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