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Herbert Matter, Nude in Driftwood, 1940. Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Signed and stamped.

Matter printed this piece in 1978 for a show at Marlborough Gallery, from the original negative shot in 1940. Although Matter numbered the piece as 1/50, the other 49 prints were never made, so this was the only print made at that time.

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.

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Provenance:
  • Estate of Herbert Matter
Exhibition:
Marlborough Gallery, 1978
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm.)

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