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Composition

Maurice Tabard (French, Lyons 1897–1984 Nice)

Date:
1931
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
13.1 x 10.6 cm (5 3/16 x 4 3/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.102
  • Description

    Although photomontage and the photogram were generally used separately, Tabard saw that the idea of montage--the juxtaposition of previously existing images on a single plane--might include photograms. This understanding led him to layer negatives and positives made with a camera together with photograms, to produce seamless photocollages that make marvelous confusion of light and dark and of two and three dimensions.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and inscribed on print, verso LC: "Tabard - // Paris // 1931 [underlined]"; stamped on print, verso C [sideways]: "PHOTO [underlined]"; stamped on print, verso C: "Maurice // TABARD // PARIS."; inscribed on print, verso C: " "Renee" "; stamped on print, verso C: "31-16"; inscribed on print, verso LL: "3";

  • Provenance

    Howard Brookner; John C. Waddell, October 25, 1980

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