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London (Multiple Exposure Nude)

Bill Brandt (British (born Germany), Hamburg 1904–1983 London)

Date:
1956
Medium:
Gelatin silver print with applied media
Dimensions:
Image: 23.2 x 19.7 cm (9 1/8 x 7 3/4 in.) Frame: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Family Foundation and Joseph M. Cohen Gifts, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.325
  • Description

    Brandt first became known for his incisive photographs documenting class stratification in 1930s England. After World War II, he largely retreated from his documentary work into the realm of desire and fantasy that he had first explored as an apprentice to the American Surrealist Man Ray in 1929. Using an old fashioned Kodak police camera with a fish-eye lens, Brandt created an extensive series of hallucinatory studies of the female form. Among the most striking is this photograph of a seated nude who appears to have three arms—an effect he produced by exposing a single negative twice in the camera and then retouching the print with graphite.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Stamped, verso C: "BILL BRANDT // 58, HILLFIELD COURT, // BELSIZE AVENUE, // LONDON, N.W.3."

  • Provenance

    The Estate of Bill Brandt, London (until 2011); [Edwyn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, 2011]

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