(Germany, United States of America 1905–18 Dec 2006)
34.3 x 22.3cm image; 50.5 x 40.5cm sheet
'In photographing the nude, it is my aim to transform the complexities of the figure into harmonies of simplified form, illuminating the innate life force and spirit as well as the underlying remarkable bone structure. The endless variety of nature's designs and shapes amaze and thrill me...
Light is my inspiration, my paint and brush. It is as vital as the model herself. Profoundly significant, it caresses the essential superlative curves and lines. Light I acknowledge as the energy upon which all life on this planet depends.
For me, the creation of a photograph is experienced as a heightened emotional response, most akin to poetry and music, each image the culmination of a compelling impulse I cannot deny. Whether working with a human figure or a still life, I am deeply aware of my spiritual connection with it.' Ruth Bernhard 1986
Christie's New York (United States of America) (Author), Christie's New York Catalogue: Photographs, New York, 23 Apr 1996, 77 (illus.). lot no. 114, text at left refers to photograph.
Constance Glenn (Editor), Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, Long Beach, 1996, 35 (illus.).
Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, University Art Museum (California State Uni), 08 Oct 1996–17 Nov 1996.
Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, Detroit Institiute of Arts, 11 Dec 1996–09 Feb 1997.
Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, Cincinnati Art Museum, 01 Mar 1997–27 Apr 1997.
Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, Samuel P Harn Museum of Arts, University of Florida, 13 Jul 1997–15 Sep 1997.
Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, Arkansas Arts Centre, 01 Oct 1997–01 Nov 1997.
Ruth Bernhard: Known and Unknown, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 15 Mar 1998–16 May 1998.