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Metamorphosis

Artist:
Herbert Bayer (American (born Austria), Haag 1900–1985 Montecito, California)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Mount: 37.6 x 46.3cm (14 13/16 x 18 1/4in.) Image: 28.8 x 38.5 cm (11 5/16 x 15 3/16 in.) Frame: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.38
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Unlike Cézanne, who wanted "to do Poussin over again from nature," Bayer worked a more elemental transformation, replacing the approximate geometric forms of the painter with absolute abstractions. The photograph is realistic, but the picture is no longer a window on a scene the viewer could inhabit. This landscape is for the mind.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on mount, recto LR: "bayer"; signed and inscribed in blue ink on print, verso LR: "herbertbayer foto montage // metamorphosis 1936"; stamped in ink on mount, verso LR: "foto herbert bayer"; stamped in purple ink on mount, recto UL: "[insignia] // 20 [illegible] AMT // WIEN // 25"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso LR: "vintage print 1936"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso LL: "R. 1/28"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso LL: "HB/2/29-1"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso UR: "835. // Bayer // 1936";
Herbert Bayer; [Prakapas Gallery, Bronxville, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (October 10, 1984)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 23, 1989–December 31, 1989.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 28, 1990–April 22, 1990.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 10, 1990–July 15, 1990.

High Museum of Art. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 5, 1991–April 28, 1991.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars. The Ford Motor Company Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art," June 8, 1991–August 4, 1991.

IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "The New Vision, IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia," January 20, 1995–March 26, 1995.

Hambourg, Maria Morris. The New Vision: Photography between the World Wars, Ford Motor Company Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. no. 83.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 177, pp. 169, 248.



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