Valise d'Adam

Object Details

Title:

Valise d'Adam

Artist/Maker(s):

Frederick Sommer (American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999)

Culture:

American

Date:

1949

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

24 x 18.9 cm (9 7/16 x 7 7/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation

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Against a backdrop of rusting metal, Frederick Sommer arranged a grouping of found objects. A clipboard clamp represents a head and shoulders while dirty, cracking doll's arms and legs provide more literal context, defining the object as a human body. Within that fragmented body, Sommer places a complete doll with its head pointed downward, as if ready to be born.

The photograph's French title, Valise d'Adam, or as Sommer translated it, Adam's Traveling Case, is a sly reference to the idea that man travels through woman into the world, and perhaps, woman even carries man through life.

Provenance
1994 -

Frederick Sommer Prescott, AZ, USA, American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999

Exhibitions
The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute (May 10 to September 4, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005