The J. Paul Getty Museum

[Self-Portrait]

Object Details

Title:

[Self-Portrait]

Artist/Maker:

Lotte Beese (German, 1903 - 1988)

Culture:

German

Date:

1927

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

85.XP.384.79

Dimensions:

8.4 × 6 cm (3 5/16 × 2 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Estate of Lotte Beese

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Object Description

Lotte Beese made this inventive self-portrait by photographing her own shadow against a door. The strong black of the door handle echoes the shape of her truncated hand and the window shadows that intersect her head. The negative-positive quality of the print created by the intense sunlight disorients the viewer.

Provenance
Provenance
1985 -

Christian Bouqueret Paris, France

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
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
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 (February 25, 2011 to March 11, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 25, 2011 to March 11, 2012
  • Arthur M. Sackler Museum (Cambridge), March 30 to June 2, 2012
Who's Afraid of Women Photographers? (October 13, 2015 to January 25, 2016)
  • Musée d'Orsay (Paris), October 13, 2015 to January 25, 2016
Bibliography
Bibliography

Pohlmann, Ulrich, ed. Qui a Peur des Femmes Photographes?, exh. cat. (Paris: Musée d'Orsay, 2015), Cat.186, p.194.

Chéroux, Clément. Avant L'Avant-garde. Du Jeu en Photographie 1890-1940. (Paris: Textuel, 2015), p. 193.