Poppy

Object Details

Title:

Poppy

Artist/Maker:

Philipp Otto Runge (German, 1777 - 1810)

Culture:

German

Place:

Germany (Place created)

Date:

about 1800–1803

Medium:

White paper cutout affixed to blue-gray paper

Object Number:

2013.58

Dimensions:

25 × 10 cm (9 13/16 × 3 15/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Purchased with funds provided by the Disegno Group

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Throughout his career, Philipp Otto Runge used scissors to cut remarkable freehand silhouettes of plants. Here he renders the curving slender stem of a poppy, its spiky leaves, and the individual scallops of each petal with astounding precision. In the unlikely medium of flat-white paper he captures the living specimen's vitality and individuality. While Runge's early black silhouettes conform to the Romantic tradition of commemorating a sitter's face by recording the shadow of his or her unique profile, his plant cutouts were made with white paper, which is more consistent with traditional depictions of animate vegetation.

Exhibitions
Zeitgeist: Art from the Germanic World, 1800-1900 (February 10 to May 17, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 10 to May 17, 2015
The Sculptural Line (January 17 to April 16, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 17 to April 16, 2017