The Shower

Object Details

Title:

The Shower

Artist/Maker(s):

Paul Outerbridge (American, 1896 - 1958)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

New York, New York, United States (Place created)

Date:

1937

Medium:

Carbro print

Dimensions:

39.8 x 29.8 cm (15 11/16 x 11 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

Paul Outerbridge, Jr. © 2008 G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Beverly Hills, California

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This photograph was carefully composed to both obscure and reveal the model's body. Given the battery of lights and equipment required to make the exposure, it is unlikely that the figure is actually showering; rather, she is a model evoking the pleasure of doing so. Note the pale gold reflections of the studio lights on the shiny surface of the plastic, an effect that required masterful lighting skills.

Provenance

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr. New York, NY, USA, American, 1921 - 1987

Daniel Wolf, Inc. New York, NY, USA

Exhibitions
Persistent Themes: Notable Photography Acquisitions, 1985 - 1990 (June 5 to September 2, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), June 5 to September 2, 1990
Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance (March 31 to August 9, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 31 to August 9, 2009