Die Reibe (The Grater)

A work made of gelatin silver photogram, applied color.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver photogram, applied color.

Date:

c. 1928

Artist:

Oskar Nerlinger
German, 1893–1969

About this artwork

Photograms are made by placing objects directly on or over a sheet of photographic paper and then exposing the paper to light. For this work Nerlinger used a small grater and a mesh sieve and likely employed a flashlight as a light source, moving the beam to create a three-dimensional effect. He hoped to put recent avant-garde experiments in photographic abstraction to work for advertising and created a portfolio of photograms combined with hand-painted typography to show potential clients. Here, the bold red 4 could refer to the price or quantity.

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Photography

Artist

Oskar Nerlinger

Title

Die Reibe (The Grater)

Origin

Germany

Date

1925–1935

Medium

Gelatin silver photogram, applied color

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; verso unchecked

Dimensions

11.9 × 17.9 cm (image/paper)

Credit Line

Julien Levy Collection, Gift of Jean Levy and the Estate of Julien Levy

Reference Number

1988.157.64

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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