Glass and Shadows

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Glass and Shadows


Baron Adolf De Meyer (American, born France, 1868 - 1946)




negative 1908 - 1911; print 1912




22.2 × 16.7 cm (8 3/4 × 6 9/16 in.)

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During the first decade of the 20th century, photographers such as De Meyer and Heinrich Kühn helped advance the idea that photography should emulate other forms of art.

Here De Meyer photographed several glass objects through a scrim. The thin woven fabric softens the backlit objects, replicating the subtle tonal effects prized in etchings by artists from Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn to James McNeill Whistler.

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
The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum (March 15, 2016 to May 7, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 15 to July 31, 2016
  • Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford), September 10 to December 11, 2016
  • Portland Museum of Art (Portland), February 13 to May 7, 2017

Stieglitz, Alfred, ed. Camera Work. Vol 40 (Oct. 1912) pl. XIII. Titled "Glass and Shadows" in this reference.