Glass and Shadows

Object Details

Title:

Glass and Shadows

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

American

Date:

negative 1908 - 1911; print 1912

Medium:

Photogravure

Dimensions:

22.2 x 16.7 cm (8 3/4 x 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.

Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)
Bibliography

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