[Women from Pustertal (Pustertalerinnen)]

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[Women from Pustertal (Pustertalerinnen)]


Heinrich Kühn (Austrian, born Germany, 1866 - 1944)




about 1913 - 1914


Bromoil transfer print


21.9 × 25.1 cm (8 5/8 × 9 7/8 in.)

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As three women made their way across a sun-dappled meadow, Heinrich Kühn made this image from above and behind, combining a modernist's bird's-eye viewpoint with a Pictorialist visual sense. The bromoil transfer process transformed the print into a grainy, atmospheric image reminiscent of a drawing. The anonymous, faceless figures are reduced to masses of light and dark that seem to float across the composition.

"The greatest achievement of the photographer is to aim at great pictorial effect without adulteration. The photographer may not paint," Kühn wrote to Alfred Stieglitz. In this image he adhered to his own admonition, successfully combining perspective and printing technique to render this pastoral scene.

Palette of Light: Hand-crafted Photographs, 1898 - 1914 (March 15 to June 19, 1994)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), March 15 to June 19, 1994
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
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