Colorado River Landscape

Object Details

Title:

Colorado River Landscape

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

American

Date:

1940

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

19.1 x 24.1 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.)

Copyright:

© Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation

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Inspired by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, Sommer took up large-format photography in 1938. Tilting his camera downward and eliminating the horizon line, the artist filled this frame with visual information. His composition emphasizes the abstract qualities of line and texture within the landscape along the Colorado River, which is itself barely discernible beyond the foreground bluffs. The photograph has the potential to momentarily disorient a viewer searching for a recognizable subject.

Provenance
1994 -

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

Exhibitions
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009