Collection of Harvey Shipley Miller and Randall Plummer, 1970s
Christie's New York, The Miller-Plummer Collection, 8 October 2009, Sale 2279, Lot 609
Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, Heinrich Kühn: The Perfect Photograph, March - May 2011
The present photograph of Venice, made circa 1898, is an example of Kühn’s earliest efforts in gum bichromate, as well as his preoccupation with Atmospheric Impressionism (Stimmungsimpressionismus). Although primarily used to describe the popular style adopted by late 19th century German and Austrian painters, Kühn endeavoured to capture the same effect in his photographs. Much like an Impressionist painter attempts to evoke atmosphere through diffuse brushstrokes, so did Kühn utilize gum bichromate’s inherent qualities to communicate mood.
In 1911 Stieglitz devoted an issue of Camera Work to Kühn, one of only five photographers to have a dedicated issue of the magazine. The present photograph is reproduced in that issue.
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