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Ruth Bernhard (American, 1905–2006)
LOT ID: 76973
Classic Torso with Hands, 1952

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
14 х 11 in. (35.56 x 27.94 cm.)
Signed, in pencil on mount lower right. Signed in pencil on mount verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 2006
Lot description
Ruth Bernhard, Classic Torso with Hands, 1952. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Signed.

“My quest, through the magic of light and shadow, is to isolate, to simplify and to give emphasis to form with the greatest clarity. To indicate the ideal proportion, to reveal sculptural mass and the dominating spirit is my goal." - Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard is recognized for her elegant and innovative interpretation of the classical nude and her depiction of organic objects. Born in Berlin in 1905, Bernhard moved to New York in 1927 to pursue a career in photography. During this period, Bernhard was associated with the lesbian subculture of New York City, and became close friends with photographer Berenice Abbott. This was also the time when Bernhard began photographing the female nude, the genre of work for which she would become most well known. After meeting Edward Weston in 1935, Bernhard was inspired to move to the West Coast, and eventually opened her own studio in Hollywood. She died in San Francisco in 2006 at the age of 101. Bernhard's keen awareness of light, composition, and balance allowed her to create timeless and beautiful and beautiful photographs that remain relevant today.
Classic Torso with Hands by Ruth Bernhard
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