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Agui Ubac

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1937

Artist:

Raoul Ubac
Belgian, 1910–1985

About this artwork

Soon after Raoul Ubac moved to Paris in 1930, he met members of the Surrealist group and became interested in photography. Ubac darkened, lightened, montaged, or otherwise intervened in printing his experimental photographs, making dreamlike images that went against photography as a straight record of (waking) reality. The features of Ubac’s future wife, Agui, who also modeled for a number of his most famous photographic images (all titled Penthesilea, for the queen of the Amazons) appear here, exceptionally, to be unmanipulated. This “naturalness” is essential to the impression of an authentic inner state: either sleep or pleasure, or both at once.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Rodolphe Raoul Ubac

Title

Agui Ubac

Origin

Belgium

Date

Made 1937

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

16.5 × 21.9 cm

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2012.549

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