Nude

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

c. 1925

Artist:

Willi Baumeister
German, 1889–1955

About this artwork

Trained as an architectural painter, Willi Baumeister expanded his practice to include printmaking, typography, and set design. He came to international prominence in the 1920s with work that embraced abstract form and ideographic signs, but when the Nazis gained power in 1933, his art was deemed “degenerate” and he was dismissed from his teaching post in Frankfurt. Although Baumeister’s photographs mostly served as an experimental adjunct to his work in other media, this image is more than a mere study: through the use of unusual cropping and complex negative shapes, a female nude verges into abstract design.

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Photography

Artist

Willi Baumeister

Title

Nude

Origin

Germany

Date

1920–1930

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

no markings recto or verso

Dimensions

10 x 29.8 cm (image); 23.8 x 29.9 cm (paper)

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

1997.408

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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