The J. Paul Getty Museum

Eiffel Tower, Métal

Object Details

Title:

Eiffel Tower, Métal

Artist/Maker:

Germaine Krull (French, born Germany, 1897 - 1985)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1927

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XP.208.33

Dimensions:

22.2 × 15.1 cm (8 3/4 × 5 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen

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Object Description

After its completion in 1889, the 1,064-foot Eiffel Tower was unpopular with the public but much celebrated by European artists as the symbol of modernity in France. Germaine Krull, a freelance photographer based in France, included this view of the tower's inner fabric in her 1927-1928 portfolio entitled Métal, a group of sixty-four photogravures celebrating the beauty and utility of machines. This dark view, looking up into the elevator tracks, demonstrates Krull's interest in the tower as a working mechanism.

Provenance
Provenance
-1984

Daniel Wolf, Inc., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Experimental Photography: The Machine Age (September 26 to December 10, 1989)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), September 26 to December 10, 1989
Florence Henri In Context (December 16, 1991 to February 23, 1992)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), December 16, 1991 to February 23, 1992
Women On the Edge: Twenty Photographers in Europe, 1919 - 1939 (August 24 to November 28, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), August 24 to November 28, 1993
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), February 24 to May 31, 1994