Late Roses

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Object Details

Title:

Late Roses

Artist/Maker:

Josef Sudek (Czech, 1896 - 1976)

Culture:

Czechoslovakian

Date:

1959

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

29.7 x 23.5 cm (11 11/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of Josef Sudek

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This still life photograph of three mature roses in a glass and a seashell on a window sill evokes melancholy. Rain streams down the outside of the window like profuse tears, blurring the landscape beyond its frame. A quiet hush hangs over the scene. The generous black border that frames the image serves to further emphasize the composition's sobriety, adding an element of loneliness to the moment.

Around 1940 Josef Sudek began to photograph the world through his studio window, often incorporating the windowsill as a kind of stage. Ordinary objects, as depicted here, ceased to be merely representations and became powerful metaphors for emotional states.

Exhibitions
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
In Focus: Still Life (September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011
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