Exhibitions/ Art Object

Nude with Mask and Hat

Artist:
Paul Outerbridge Jr. (American, New York 1896–1959 Laguna Beach, California)
Date:
ca. 1936
Medium:
Carbro print
Dimensions:
43.3 x 30.0 cm. (17 1/16 x 11 13/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Warner Communications Inc. Purchase Fund, 1977
Accession Number:
1977.642
Not on view
Outerbridge was a successful commercial photographer, but although he found such work stimulating, he also made photographs as a means of personal expression throughout his career. Photographing nude models in color in the 1930s was challenging—not only in the difficulty of correctly capturing skin tones using complicated new processes, but also because finding a venue to publish or exhibit the work was unlikely. Although he began by posing his models in the manner of painted masterpieces, Outerbridge’s compositions became increasingly provocative in the late 1930s. The sexualized charge and commercial palette of works such as this were not in keeping with attitudes of the period and were not shown during the artist’s lifetime.
G. Ray Hawkins Gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions, Department of Prints and Photographs," December 6, 1977–February 19, 1978.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," February 26, 1982–May 1, 1982.

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," May 20, 1982–July 2, 1982.

Dallas Museum of Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," August 4, 1982–September 13, 1982.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," November 19, 1982–January 9, 1983.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. "Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs," February 22, 1983–April 18, 1983.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Now You See It: Photography and Concealment," March 31, 2014–September 1, 2014.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Selects from the Met Collection," March 17–June 14, 2015.

Howe, Graham, ed. Paul Outerbridge, Jr.: Photographs. New York: Rizzoli, 1980. p. 99.

Naef, Weston J. Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982. no. 27.

Uklański, Piotr. Piotr Uklański: Fatal Attraction. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2015. p. 41.



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