Exhibitions/ Art Object

Composition

Artist:
Maurice Tabard (French, Lyons 1897–1984 Nice)
Date:
1929
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
22.9 x 17.5 cm (9 x 6 7/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.141
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)

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