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Title

Draped torso

1962


Artist

Ruth Bernhard

Germany, United States of America

1905 - 18 Dec 2006


About

'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


Details


Date

1962


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

34.3 x 22.3 cm image; 50.5 x 40.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated verso, pencil "1962 Ruth Bernhard". Signed l.r.corner, pencil "Ruth Bernhard".


Credit

Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine


Location

Not on display


Accession number

685.1996


Artist information

Ruth Bernhard

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Christie's New York, 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.).