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Herbert Matter (American/Swiss, 1907–1984)
LOT ID: 77156
Ice on Glass, 1943

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
16 х 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm.)
Stamped, verso
Lot description
Herbert Matter, Ice on Glass, 1943. Vintage gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm). Stamped.

This image is similar to Matter's other abstracts of the era that he created on 8 x 10 glass plates. This piece exemplifies his signature techniques of reverse printing, solarization, and positive/negative printing.

Herbert Matter (1907-1984) was a Swiss-born American photographer and graphic designer known for his pioneering use of photomontage in commercial art. The designer's innovative and experimental work helped shape the vocabulary of 20th-century graphic design. As a photographer, Matter won acclaim for his purely visual approach. A master technician, he used every method available to achieve his vision of light, form and texture. Manipulation of the negative, retouching, cropping, enlarging and light drawing are some of the techniques he used to achieve the fresh, enigmatic form he sought in his still lifes, landscapes, nudes and portraits.
Ice on Glass by Herbert Matter
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