Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
This photograph is informed by the artist's experiences as an advertising photographer, X-ray technician, and assistant to Man Ray. By printing through a sandwich of several negatives, Tabard fabricated a nude that inhabits no definable space or time. She is at once Pygmalion's Galatea or Botticelli's Venus while remaining a Parisian model who has just stripped off her stockings. For the Surrealists, the female form was the subject of endless, obsessive reworkings.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed on print, verso C: "Tabard // 1929"; inscribed on print, verso LL: "TABARD I";
Lucien Treillard; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (July 15, 1983)