Ruth Bernhard

Creation

1936

Gelatin silver print

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Description

Ruth Bernhard (German-American, 1905-2006).

Flush-mounted.

Dimensions

Frame Height: 30.75 inches / 78.11 cm
Frame Width: 26.75 inches / 67.95 cm

Image: Height 15.50 in, Width 19.50 in.

Signature

Signed, titled, dated, and annotated 'TOP' in pencil, the photographer's ‘2982 Clay Street, San Francisco, California, 94115’ studio label, annotated 'Dolls head' in ink, on the reverse.

Literature

James Alinder, Collecting Light: The Photographs of Ruth Bernhard (Carmel, 1979), pl. 5

Ginny Williams, Ruth Bernhard: The Collection of Ginny Williams (Denver, 1993), pl. 11

Ruth Bernhard: Gift of the Commonplace (Carmel Valley, 1996), pl. 7

Margaretta K. Mitchell, Ruth Bernard: Between Art & Life (San Francisco, 2000), p. 69

Condition Report

This print, on paper with a surface sheen and flush-mounted to board, is in generally good condition. 

Under close examination, the following are visible: faint impressions and scratches; deposits of original retouching; ink deposits along the upper edge; and a glossy area parallel to the lower edge. 

Visible under raking light are several translucent liquid drips, each approximately 7 inches long, extending from the upper edge.

The edges and corners are bumped and there are tiny losses to the emulsion. 

The upper right corner is creased but does not appear to break the emulsion. 

The edges of the board are inked.  

The reverse is soiled. 

There are yellowed adhesive remnants and abrasions suggesting that the print was previously affixed to a secondary mount. 

'RB124' is written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse.

When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.

Art Period

Modern

Movement/Style

Realism

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